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THE WORD | The Obamas Announces New Projects With Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama have a multiyear production deal with Netflix to produce shows and films. The annoucement of what specific content was recently announced 11 months after signing the deal with Netflix.

 “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

Here’s an early look at the shows and films the Obamas are planning (Source: NY TIMES)

 

“American Factory,” a documentary that examines life in Ohio where a Chinese billionaire opened a factory in a former General Motors plant and hired 2,000 people. Higher Ground Productions described the film, produced by Participant Media and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, as “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.” The documentary was already shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and Higher Ground Productions said it would be its first release.

“Bloom,” a drama series set in post-World War II New York that will explore the “barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” It will be produced by Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise.”

 ■A film adaptation of“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,”the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David W. Blight. Higher Ground did not announce a screenwriter or any producers.

An adaptation of aNew York Times series, called “Overlooked,” about people whose deaths were previously not reported by the newspaper. The obituaries have been published in a recurring feature in the paper. Higher Ground Productions said it would be a scripted anthology series.

A series based on “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” a book by Michael Lewis.

“Crip Camp,” a documentary film about the origins of the disability rights movement.

“Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents,”a half-hour series for preschoolers that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.”

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During Final Hours, Pres. Obama Frees 300 More Inmates, The Most In A Single Day

In his last act, Pres. Obama, shortened more sentences in a single day in U.S. history

In his last act, Pres. Obama, shortened more sentences in a single day in U.S. history

On his last day in office, President Obama granted 330 commutations. This will allow many drug offenders a lesser sentence. During the last eight years, Obama shortened 1,715 sentences, including 568 of whom were sentenced to life.

Read Obama's Tweet About Thursdays Move 

In a letter to the recipients the outgoing President said he believed they had the opportunity right now to do what is right. 

"I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change... remember that you have the capacity to make good decisions."

Watch: What's The Word at Obama's Farewell Speech in Chicago

According to officials at the White House, this was the most commutations done in a single day by a sitting President. White House counsel Neil Eggleston said this comes as Obama worked on lessening harsh sentences.

"The vast majority of these men and women are serving unduly long sentences for drug crimes... He has a strong view that people deserve a second chance." For an inmate to be considered under Obama, they needed to demonstrate good behavior, already served 10 years, have a nonviolent offense. However, some exceptions were made for the 10-year-rule and there were some firearm violations in relation to the drug crimes.

President Obama made history when his was the first sitting President to visit a Federal Prison

President Obama made history when his was the first sitting President to visit a Federal Prison

During his final press conference Wednesday afternoon, Obama discussed the role of voting  and how the United States should make it easier to vote. He blames the Jim Crow era, saying the reason for the low turnout is because many Americans are eligible to vote who don't go to the polls. "It became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise... The idea that we put in place a whole bunch of barriers to people voting doesn't make sense."

You can read his entire last speech here.

President-Elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated at noon on Friday, January 20th. Close to 60 Democrats will be boycotting the event for Trump's word to Civil Rights Icon and Representative John Lewis. 

Trump has been having close door meetings with a number of people ahead of his inauguration including Steve Harvey and Martin Luther King III. 

What do you take away from Obama's final gesture in office? Comment below and tell us.

BET Will Send the First Family out in Style

As we begin to countdown the days The Obamas have left in the White House, we look on the change and impact The First Family have bestowed upon us. So it’s only right WE send them out in style.

BET Network has been tapped to host a star-studded musical celebration to show The First Family just how much we love them and how they have changed our lives these past eight years.

The Obamas time in The White House is coming to a close, and as election days draws near it’s only right we send them out in style and what better way for BET to make it happen. BET has taken charge to assemble some of the biggest and most respected stars in music to headline a concert that will act as a proper sendoff.

Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO said “Our country has been led for the past eight years by an extraordinary President and First Lady,” said. “We have all witnessed history in the making and I am humbled by this momentous opportunity for BET Networks to join the Obamas for this musical celebration.”

The event is expected to be filmed today and is hosted by Terence J and Regina Hall and the concert will feature performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots and more!

The concert special will air on BET Tuesday, November 15th at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT.

Malia becomes the newest intern for the US Embassy in Spain

The First Family’s little girl has grown up. Malia Obama, the eldest daughter of the first family, has landed a position as the intern for the US Embassy in Spain.

Malia Obama just graduated high school and has landed his position that college graduates compete for. The burning question that many are wondering is how did she get the internship?

According to Vibe Magazine, Malia acted as the president’s translator when he visited Cuba. Her proficiency in Spanish shows her skill and her work ethic, that the embassy very well could have realized early on.

President Obama had great relationships with the U.S ambassador, James Costos. Fox News reveals that Costos was on of Obama’s primary donors for his reelection campaign 4 years ago.

Conveniently,  Obama’s visit to Spain and her internship could very well start at the same time. He plans on meeting with the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, so during his visit, Malia can assist as well as begin here journey into adulthood.

What matters even more than how she got the internship is that she has started her furlough year correctly and with a bang.

It’s unfortunate that the media is focusing on whether or not her father got here the job rather than focusing on the fact that a young woman is making positive moves on the path to success.


Be proud of what she’s doing. Be motivated to rise above and take the necessary steps for an even brighter future.

Sources: Vibe, Latino Fox News ,