This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!
This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!
I’ve seen that phrase on a T-shirt and there’s even a song about it, but those words have been ringing in my head since even before I noticed these things. I was excited on election night when Obama officially won (did cartwheels in the street to prove it), but admittedly, it didn’t fully sink in that we had just elected the first Black President (unless you count Lincoln and we’re not discussing that in this particular post…lol). Those words are the reason that I was willing to make an almost three hour trip, that normally takes 20 minutes, to the mall to witness the swearing in of our 44th President. Yes, he is the President of the United States of America which includes people of all races, religions, and preferences. However, I need to have my moment as a black person to scream so loud that the ancestors hear and feel me, “My President is Black“!!!! (pause for a cartwheel in my office) Leading up to the Inauguration, I could feel something in my soul rising. I look in the eyes of my black male relatives and friends and I now notice a real pride and ease that I’d never seen previously. I watch them mark his every move , scrutinize every word, and even admire his cool stroll and see themselves and know that they’re alright, more than that even. I listen at myself and female family and friends marvel at Michelle for being the bad woman that she is without apology . Us single girls joke that we’re just a Michelle waiting to meet our Barack. To quote 107 year old Mrs. Ann Nixon Cooper, I feel more like a real person. It’s a validation that I tried not to need, but obviously can’t deny. Before the eyes of the world is a story of struggle, ambitions, black love, family, and hope with a happy beginning and expectations for a great ending. I can tell my children (or at least my niece) of a real story of possibility where the characters look like them. That’s a hard concept to sell to people who don’t have that issue. All these feelings overflowed during yesterday’s ceremony. Rick Warren, Dianne Feinstein, and President Obama himself all spoke of the significance of his presidency in light of America’s racist past. I enjoyed Aretha taking My Country Tis of Thee to church, but in my heart I wanted to sing the black national anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, at the top of my lungs and wouldn’t have even frowned on a praise break…lol. Rev. Joseph Lowery gave me a little of what I needed and while concluding his benediction let out a little ‘My President is Black’ pride of his own at the end of his speech. I understand Rev… I think there may be quite a few similar expressions of irrepressible pride as time goes on. All those that feel me scream, “My President is Black!!!!” (I hear you Jay-Z!)
I don’t even want to hear Jeezy’s version any more after hearing this (much love to him and Nas). Grey Hova has to release this. Amazing. My President IS Black! His house is all white! I’m so happy to be in Washington DC right now.
NOTE: Um…black people, is it just me or were there an “uncomfortable” amount of N-words thrown about on this video given the subject matter they are celebrating. *Shaking My Head*
I am so excited that I live in DC! I will be at the Lincoln memorial front and center. Oh my goodness, Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, John Legend, Beyonce, Herbie Hancock, Usher, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, and good Lord…Denzel Washington. I will be there. If it was just Stevie Wonder, it would be a treat, but with the line up they have planned it’s going to be a Celebration. Here are the details.
Be there Sunday, January 18th! The event will be free and open to the public.
We saw one of the greatest African American moments in African American history on Nov 4th when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of these United States. Hello, Negro wants to know about the other moments that you feel are significant in 2008. Maybe is was a terrible moment, a sad moment, a wonderful moment, or a personal moment.
What spoke to you in 2008?
What made you mad in 2008?
What made you say “That negro is crazy!” in 2008?
What moved your black, beautiful soul in 2008?
I was reading this article this morning that basically tries to make the case that Obama should stop smoking.
Mercury News Editorial – “Quit smoking. Now. Really. For good.We know it’s hard. If it weren’t, nobody would smoke anymore. And we know quitting just as you’re taking on one of the most stressful jobs in the world — well, it’s not great timing in that sense.
But it is in another: Everybody’s watching. Especially kids.
Perhaps more than any of his predecessors, Barack Obama, the first African-American president, will be held up as a role model, his triumphs and failures magnified as a consequence. Obama clearly relishes this opportunity to defeat bigotry and reframe the expectations of young people, especially African-Americans. And yet, he smokes.”
Well, Damn! When have we begged any of the Presidents to stop their bad habits, let alone smoking. I mean…maybe the whore-mongering or womanizing, sure. I know that the man is a role model and all, but there are a whole lot of existing influences out there that can lead kids to smoke. Parents, maybe? Um…ads in every local corner store? Oh, and lets not talk about the overall glorification of drug culture in music and media. Are you telling McDonalds and Coke to stop advertising on shows where people smoke, drink, snort, etc?
Given the current sad economic state that the country is in, I don’t want a stressed out President who’s trying to get by on Nicorette gum. I’ll by you a pack of Newports, Mr President. I got you, man.
Of course we are not surprised.
If an African-American becoming the President of the United States doesn’t stand out as THE landmark event in the history of a magazine founded for African-American readers in 1942 and now reaching 12 million readers, it’s difficult to imagine what does.
“We won because the American people mobilized for change,” Obama says in the interview that he gave to Ebony on Nov. 13, his first interview following election. “It really was people at a grassroots level who carried our campaign financially, who carried it organizationally, and we don’t want that to dissipate.”
The interview, along with the magazine’s naming of Obama as its first-ever Person of the Year, a look at how “Barack’s Chicago” helped shape the man and a look at “First Lady Style: Michelle Obama’s Eclectic Taste” all are featured in the January edition of Ebony, a designated collector’s edition, that goes on sale a week from today, Dec. 9.
(Cover photo courtesy of Ebony magazine.) Source