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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Blue Ivy and JAY-Z

JAY-Z and Beyonce’s precocious daughter Blue Ivy is beginning to assert herself in a way her mother, Beyonce, never could.

In a sit down chat with talk show veteran David Letterman for his new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, JAY-Z told Letterman about a touching moment he shared with his daughter.

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Whoopi Goldberg and MoNique

Mo’Nique’s career isn’t dead in the water. The comedian and actress visited ABC’s The View on Thursday to explain why she called for a Netflix boycott. The 50-year-old actress accused Netflix of racial and gender bias after she was offered millions less than her comedic counterparts.

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Amy Schumer

Mo’Nique continues her public dispute with Netflix over pay disparities and gender and race inequality. Over the weekend, the 50-year-old comedienne called for a boycott of the online streaming giant after she claims she was offered $500,000 for a standup comedy special — a fraction of what Netflix pays comedians such as actress Amy Schumer (who is not funny at all) and Chris Rock.

Comedienne Wanda Sykes also criticized Netflix for paying her pennies compared to what men and Caucasian comics receive.

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