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text 2019-03-30 06:15
Questlove Says Obama Once Asked Him To Play French Montana's 'Pop That' At A White House Party

From his public playlists featuring artist like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and J. Cole to the various winks and nods to the culture in his speeches, Barack Obama has made it clear that he is a fan of hip-hop music.


But thanks to famed drummer for The Roots, Questlove, we have an even more clear idea of just how well-versed the 45th President of the United States is in hip-hop music and culture.


On an appearance on Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin’s ‘Broken Record’ podcast, QuestLove told the story of then-president Obama interrupting QuestLove’s 6-hour set at the final White House party, to request a song by French Montana.


“[Obama’s] coming up to me like, ‘Do you have French Montana?’ And I’m like, ‘Sir! I don’t have the clean versions of that.’ He’s like, ‘We’re all adults here. Play it!’ I’m like, ‘Sir, I’m not gonna play ‘Pop that pu**y, b***h.’'” Questlove recalled, paraphrasing the hook of Montana’s 2013 lead single “Pop That.”


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Source: blavity.com/questlove-says-obama-once-asked-him-to-play-french-montanas-pop-that-at-a-white-house-party
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review 2018-09-08 04:49
Who is Barack Obama?
Who Is Barack Obama? - Roberta Edwards,Nancy Harrison,John O'Brien,John O'Brien

Who is Barack Obama? by Roberta Edwards is a chapter book that explores the background of the 44th President of the United Sates, Barack Obama.  The book states where Barack Obama grew up and how he came to become one of our presidents.  Within the book are short inserts of information vaguely mentioned within the main storyline of the book.  These sections give more details to help readers understand the content.  For example, there were short inserts in the book that discussed Jim Crow Laws and different countries Barack Obama visited, like Indonesia.  Who is Barack Obama? gives many opportunities for different history lessons to teach about, like Civil Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and a state students may be unfamiliar with in specific details (Hawaii).  An activity that could be done with this book is to have the students act out the three branches of government and the roles of the three in the constitution.  Who is Barack Obama? has a Lexile reading level of 740L, which is Grades 3 to 4.       

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review 2018-03-30 14:44
The role of race in Barack Obama's life
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama - David Remnick

Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election represented not just a milestone in terms of American history, but a new stage in the nation’s enduring struggle over race.  It was an issue that Obama had to deal with throughout the campaign, not just from whites but from blacks as well, as he faced charges that he was not “black” enough.  In this book David Remnick, the editor of New Yorker magazine, offers us a study of Obama’s life within the context of the issue of race.  In it, he addresses not just the issues that he faced over the course of his life, but how in many respects they reflect the broader challenges that African Americans and whites faced in an era of dramatic change in the notions of race and equality within the nation as a whole.


The issue of race emerged early for Obama.  Growing up in Hawai’i, he experienced a very different type of racial environment than elsewhere in America, one with far greater racial diversity and far less overt animosity, than was the case on the mainland at the time.  It was in that unique environment that he first wrestled with the issues of his self-definition, a struggle that continued throughout his college career, first in Los Angeles, then in New York City.  By the time he graduated, he was a man comfortable with his own identity and the role he wanted to play within the larger community.  Remnick’s account here is traditionally biographical in its scope, drawing considerably upon Obama’s own memoir, but adding to it with the subsequent reporting.  He maintains this approach through much of his post-collegiate career, through his time as a community organizer, law school student, and attorney and budding politician.  It is with his election to the United States Senate that the focus narrows to the twin issues of Obama’s presidential run and the intertwining of his political aspirations with race.


By the time Remnick reaches the end of his book – with the election of Obama to the White House, he has given readers a well-researched and perceptive look at both Barack Obama’s life and the role of race within it.  While not comprehensive, it is one of  the best and most complete biography of the 44th president that we are likely to have for some time, and one that subsequent studies will rely upon for the wealth of information it provides.  Anyone wishing to learn about Barack Obama would do well to start with this clearly written and dispassionate look at Obama, both for the insights it offers into him and for its analysis of a critical dimension of his life and career.

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review 2017-05-08 00:00
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama ... Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama - David J. Garrow
yes, I'm curious, but I'm not sure I can get through a 1461 pages long non fictional book...

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review 2017-04-12 18:18
Review: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama

This is about policy and a "get to know the candidate" book that those in public office write to make themselves more familiar to voters as the candidate vies for national office. U.S. Senator Obama wrote/published this back in 2006, so there are a lot of references to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush II administration, and nothing about the growing problem of housing/Wall Street that blew up in the recession of late 2007-2009.


I will state upfront I voted for him in both presidential elections, and knew enough about his policy stances to feel confident in my votes. However, I found the stances much more nuanced in this book then an any article or interview about him. For the most part I liked what he had to say, even if I disagreed with him on some of the finer points or came from a different perspective. Some of his thinking comes from his time as a community organizer, some from his time as a lawyer and professor, and some from his time in the Illinois state legislature. The little of what we see from his time in the US Senate is about his trips to Russia and Ukraine or to the Middle East and how those experiences influences and sometimes changes his way of thinking about a policy matter. Most of the trips mentioned are of his going back to Illinois for town halls, campaign events, or speaking engagements.

Mixed in the policy talk are personal anecdotes, conversations with citizens, conversations with senior political office holders, and biographical material. This is a pretty personal toned book from such a policy wonk.


Be ye forewarned: This man really likes to take walks through history to provide context at the beginning of a few chapters. The chapter on the Constitution starts out with a history lesson that begins with the Founding Fathers and moves along slowly. So much law professor lecturing going on. Most of the history walks start with Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson.


I found the chapter on faith/religion the big obstacle in my enjoyment and learning from this book. He basically sold out irreligious and people of faith other than evangelical or mainline Protestants and kissed the asses of the conservative Christian right. He wants Democrats to take pages from the GOP and use Christian language and imagery to help explain party platforms, ideas, and policies. He also uses his Christian faith to defend his stand on opposing same-sex marriage. The one non-Christian mentioned in this chapter is a Jewish GOP Senator who is in charge of planning the Senate's voluntary weekly Bible study meeting...yeah. Nothing about how the Muslims are treated, nothing about the rise of anti-Semitism, nothing but the hate crimes against Shikhs (who are targeted because they are mistaken often for Muslims), nothing about the UU church- nothing about religion other than Christianity. No thank you; I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state.


Overall, I found a lot of policy topics for which I can think about from either a different perspective or think about more in depth. I just wished I skipped the chapter on faith.

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