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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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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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 following is a list of celebrities and notables celebrating their birthdays on January 17. Happy Birthday!

Conor Cruise (23)
Dwayne Wade (36)
Ray J (37)
Lil Jon (47)
Kid Rock (47)
Michelle Obama (54)
Jim Carrey (56)
Susanna Hoffs (59)
Steve Harvey (61)
Maury Povich (79)
James Earl Jones (87)
Betty White (96)
Andy Kaufman (1949-1984)
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)
Eartha Kitt (1927-2008)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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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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Prince Harry Meets Barack Obama

Barack Obama tweeted congratulations to Britain’s Prince Harry on his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. “Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together,” Barack tweeted on Monday.

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