Michelle and Barack Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama became ordinary civilians on Jan. 20, 2017, after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. But he won’t get rid of them that easily. Netflix just signed the power couple to a multi-year web programming deal.



Barack and Michelle formed a production company called Higher Ground Productions to produce online programming that will promote their political and social agendas.

Netflix said the Obamas would make “a diverse mix of content,” potentially including scripted and unscripted series, documentaries or features, according to the Associated Press.

“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the wider world,” Barack said in the Netflix statement.

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” Michelle Obama added.

“We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.

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Stephen Hawking, Barack Obama

The great physicist, cosmetologist, author and genius Stephen Hawking passed away early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.

Hawking, left, is pictured receiving the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, from former U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on August 12, 2009.

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dice game

A drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama watching Martin Luther King and Malcolm X playing a dice game is raising a ruckus on social media. The drawing shows former President Obama and the late civil rights leaders holding wads of cash while watching former NBA player Allen Iverson roll the dice.

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Laverne Cox speaks at Macy's for Black History Month

The policies and protections that LGBT people enjoyed in the Obama era have not carried over into the Trump administration. Obama lifted the ban on trans people in the military and he gave lesbian, gays and trans people high-ranking positions in his administration.

But now that Obama is out of office, trans people like Laverne Cox (pictured) are struggling to find work.

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Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama commissioned a radical leftwing artist to create his “formal portrait” that will forever hang among presidential portraits in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Obama unveiled his formal portrait on Monday, and the public’s response has been harsh, to say the least.

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Obama Homer bushes

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. unveiled portraits of former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama that shocked the public because of their simplicity.

But it is Barack’s painting that drew the most criticism and attention for its awkward positioning of the former President.

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The Obamas Dine At Kensington Palace with Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle in May, one high profile American couple won’t be in attendance.

Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe says former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are not on the royal guest list.

Barack, 56, struck up a warm friendship with Prince Harry, 33, who spoke at Michelle Obama’s inaugural Obama Foundation summit at a school in Chicago last year. There were rumors that the former U.S. President and his wife were the first names atop Prince Harry’s personal guest list.

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Lupe Fiasco

Many Internet users awoke this morning to the reality that their favorite blogs and websites were not behind paywalls or gone after the FCC ended former President Obama’s net neutrality regulations.

The FCC repealed the net neutrality rules by a vote of 3-2 on Thursday. The Internet is now returned to the way it was before the Obama administration decided to regulate it and give the big ISPs a monopoly over the Internet.

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama has recorded a message telling Alabama voters to get out and vote for senate candidate Doug Jones in Alabama’s special election on Tuesday. According to Fox News, Jones is a 10-point favorite over Roy Moore to win AG Jeff Sessions’ vacated senate seat.

President Donald Trump also recorded a message urging voters to elect Moore in the majority Republican red state.

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Roland Martin and wife Jacquie Hood

TV One has cancelled Roland Martin’s news show “News One Now” due to budget cuts. The news comes amid rumors that TV One is experiencing financial difficulties as advertisers shift more ad dollars into digital online content.

Martin is pictured above with his wife of 16 years, Jacquie Hood.

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