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Latinx activists in Chicago protested renaming a middle school after Barack and Michele Obama on Tuesday.
The activists are against the school board renaming Jefferson Middle School to Barack & Michelle Obama Middle School.
The group protested before a hearing of the Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 Board of Education, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The school board held its first in-person meeting on Tuesday at the Brookside campus of Waukegan High School.
According to the Tribune, they chose not to vote on renaming one of two middle schools after the Obamas.
Another meeting is scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brookside Campus. Latinx activists vow to hold demonstrations at that board meeting as well.
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Oscar Arias, a Waukegan native and former student, said Obama deported more than 3 million Mexicans during his two terms. While his successor, former President Donald Trump, deported less people.
Arias said he still remembers the fearful looks on the faces of fellow students who arrived home to find their parents were deported.
He said, the fear in their eyes "still resonates with me."
Arias suggested renaming the middle school after the late U.S. Congressman John L. Lewis.
"Lewis truly embodies the progressive and multicultural spirit of Waukegan," Arias said.
Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspire” LGBT+ children on her upcoming children's food show.
In the new Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi," the former first lady is joined by an effeminate puppet sidekick, Busy the Bee, to help Mrs. Obama teach children how to eat healthy.
Jonathan Kidder, the puppeteer behind Busy the Bee, makes sure that children understand Busy the Bee is LGBT+.
Kidder told the Daily Beast blog that making children aware of the puppet's same-sex proclivities is important because he wants to use his character to inspire more LGBT+ kids.
"They never said overtly 'we need you to be as gay as possible please'," Kidder said. "But I got the sense that they liked that I brought this diversity to the mix."
Kidder is one of children's puppeteering only openly gay creators.
He joked that "all puppets are a little bit gay" and he hoped to bring more diversity to Waffles + Mochi by channelling his own "dry, gay sass" personality and sexuality through Busy.
He said his job was to let Michelle Obama's sidekick "be colorful and let my rainbow out through him."
American children identifying as LGBT+ has increased significantly since Michelle's husband, Barack Obama, was president.
White House staffers who smoked marijuana in the past are not welcome in the Biden administration.
The Biden administration shocked White House staffers by asking them to resign their positions if they have ever smoked weed.
According to multiple reports, "dozens" of White House staffers were either suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program because they confessed to past marijuana use.
The White House staffers were asked during the background-check process if they had ever used marijuana in the past.
The ones who answered "yes" were told the Biden administration was willing to overlook some marijuana use, but they were later asked to resign.
The staffers who didn't lose their jobs despite marking "yes" to marijuana use were retained to "ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people."
The response on social media was swift. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson wrote it's "incredibly stupid for many reasons," considering "that cannabis is legal is Washington, DC."
While Bloomberg's Steven Dennis wondered aloud if a "young Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or JFK would have been excluded from this White House" for smoking weed.
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On January 20, 2017, Joe Biden attended the Presidential Inauguration ceremony where Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Former President Barack and Michelle Obama were also in attendance, and they gracefully welcomed Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House afterwards.
Even Hillary Clinton, who lost a hard fought battle for president in 2016, attended Trump's inauguration because it was the right thing to do.
However, Trump will not be in attendance when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president on Wednesday.
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The Trumps departed the White House for the final time early Wednesday morning. After a small ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, they flew home to his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, to spend the final hours of his presidency.
There will be no photos of the former and current presidents chatting in the Oval Office while their wives tour the private residence.
There will be no traditional handoff of the nuclear football between the outgoing and incoming presidents.
Trump becomes the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend his successor's inauguration or welcome him to the White House.
Barack Obama is reminding Black people to stop using the pointless slogan "defund the police," because the election is over.
The government was never serious about defunding police departments. But the slogan served its purpose by riling up a certain community and fueling civil unrest over the summer.
The former president, who many believe won his third term in office, said, "If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it's not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like 'Defund The Police,' but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done."
Obama told Peter Hamby on Snapchat's Good Luck America, "If you want to get something done in a democracy, in a country as big and diverse as ours, then you've got to be able to meet people where they are," and "play a game of addition and not subtraction."
Barack Obama's new book broke records for his book publisher Penguin Random House. The news comes as supporters of the former U.S. president celebrate his "third term in office."
Obama's new book, A Promised Land, released on Nov. 17, sold 1.7 million units in all formats and editions in the U.S. and Canada to date.
The first week sales of 887,000 units is a first-day record for the book publishing house.
The first-week sales stand as the largest one-week total for any book ever released by Penguin Random House.
Obama promoted the book with an interview on Power 105.1's Breakfast Club last week. Co-host Charlamagne tha god held Obama's feet to the fire by demanding to know why he didn't do more for Black people in his first 2 terms in office.
Co-host DJ Envy also pressed Obama to explain why he uplifted LGBT+ people over Black people who have suffered for 200 years.
Obama said he was confident that he did more for Black people than current President Donald Trump.
He also blamed Republicans for blocking his attempts to pass laws for Black people. But Democrats held the majority in both the House and the Senate in Obama's first 2 years in office.
Obama was asked to name his specific pro-Black laws that Congress blocked, but he danced around the answer.
Former President Barack Obama was a guest on the Breakfast Club radio show in New York City on Wednesday.
Co-host Charlamagne tha god put Obama on the spot, asking him why he didn't do more for Black people in his 8 years in office.
Co-host DJ Envy also pressed Obama to explain why he uplifted LGBT+ people while Black people didn't receive any tangibles.
Obama said, "Look, I'm just trying to sell books." Just kidding. He didn't say that. But he may as well have.
Obama said he was confident that he did more for Black people than current President Donald Trump. He said he just didn't go around bragging about what he did.
He also blamed Republicans for blocking his attempts to do something for Black people. But Democrats held the majority in both the House and the Senate in Obama's first 2 years in office.
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People are scratching their heads over a confusing reference to rap music, Black males, bling, money and women made by former President Barack Obama.
Obama, who is everywhere lately, weighed in on President Donald Trump's increased support among Black males in an interview with the Atlantic.
Online polls showed a huge shift in support among Black males for Trump. Obama said rap music explains that shift toward President Trump.
"I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it's all about the bling, the women, the money," Obama said.
"A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture... Donald Trump epitomizes that cultural movement that is deeply ingrained now in American culture."
If that sounds confusing, Obama went on to say he doesn't understand Trump's "outsized" popularity because he doesn't watch much television.
"I think that indicates the power of television in the culture that sometimes I miss because I don't watch a lot of TV," Obama said. "I certainly don't watch reality shows."
"And sometimes I'd miss things that were phenomena. But I thought there was a shift there."
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Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail to drum up support for Joe Biden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
The small turnout for Obama was in stark contrast to the huge audiences he once commanded during his two terms as U.S. president.
Biden is polling ahead of President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania that Trump narrowly won in 2016.
But you couldn't tell judging by the light turnout for Obama's speech. Normally, an Obama appearance attracted thousands of adoring supporters. But only about three dozen people turned up at a drive-in campaign rally to hear Obama speak in a Philly park.
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Afterwards, Obama strolled through the neighborhood with his Secret Service protection. He stopped to speak with a handful of Biden/Harris volunteers at a Voter activation Center (VAC).
There, he picked up a megaphone and spoke to the handful of volunteers, who didn't know what to make of the odd scene. The gaggle of reporters and photographers outnumbered the volunteers and onlookers.
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Obama is hoping to motivate young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. Polls show Black male voters are shifting away from the Democratic Party.
Controversial French film Cuties has spawned more backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.
The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.
Despite the outrage, the movie earned praise when it debuted at January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah for how it addressed the hypersexualization of young girls.
Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.
A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".
"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign, which currently has over 600,000 signatures.
Barack and Michelle Obama, who signed a multimillion dollar production deal with Netflix, have remained silent amid the controversy.
The backlash prompted Netflix officials to issue a statement, insisting the film, "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.
"It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie," they told Variety of the Maimouna Doucoure-directed flick.
But critics complained about the many close up shots of the young girls' body parts, and one scene where a girl exposed her breasts on camera.