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Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, designs a mural that turns a Philly teen into her own inspiration | Elizabeth Wellington | The Philadelphia Inquirer

Elizabeth Wellington, The Philadelphia Inquirer Arthur Haywood works to install a mural by Amy Sherald, the woman who painted the portrait of Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian, at 1109 Sansom in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The girl in the mural, Najee Spencer-Young, is from North Philly. HEATHER KHALIFA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER. Featured Image Sherald is best-known for her serene rendering of former first lady Michelle Obama, which now lives in the National Portrait Gallery. But the truth of the matter is, Sherald is a giantess in the persnickety world of modern art because of the unique […]

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Obamas jump into booming podcast business with Spotify partnership | Reuters

Jill Serjeant, Reuters Women working at sewing machines in factory. Pic credit: Sleek Garments Export Ltd. Featured Image ANGELES (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle entered the booming podcast business on Thursday, announcing a multi-year partnership with streaming service Spotify to produce a series of exclusive podcasts. Under the partnership, the Obamas will “develop, produce and lend their voices” to select podcasts that will be distributed worldwide, Spotify and the Obamas production company, Higher Ground, said in a joint statement. The announcement follows a multi-year agreement between Higher Ground and Netflix that was announced in […]

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Obamas to Produce Slate of Films for Netflix | The Washington Informer

WI Web Staff, The Washington Informer Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois in 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images), Featured Image President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is producing for release on Netflix a feature film adaptation of author and Pulitzer Prize winner David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” Douglass, who died in 1895, escaped slavery and became a leading abolitionist, formative writer, stirring orator, statesman and photography theorist. “We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t […]

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65 Boundary-Breaking Black Women Who Have Paved The Way | Essence

Taylor Lewis, Essence American civil rights campaigner, and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King (1927 – 2006) stands behind a podium covered in microphones at Peace-In-Vietnam Rally, Central Park, New York, April 27, 1968. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Featured Image International Women’s Day, and we’re taking a look back at some African-American women who haved paved the way for both us and future generations. From legendary icons like Madame C.J. Walker and Nina Simone to 21st century trailblazers like Michelle Obama and Ava DuVernay, here are 65 dynamic women who have inspired us to achieve […]

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