President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen Show on Thursday; making history as the first sitting president to stop by for an in-studio visit. Obama reflected on his time in office and recited a Valentine’s Day poem for his wife Michelle. “Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot,”said President Obama. “Michelle, this Valentine’s Day, I’m going to treat you right.” He also spoke about his daughter Malia embarking on her college journey. “It’s hard. She’s ready to go. She’s a really smart, capable person, and she’s ready to make her way,” he said. DeGeneres and President Obama posed for a selfie that she later posted on Instagram with the caption, “Selfie with the Chief @BarackObama.” Obama also made an appearance on The Ellen Show back in 2007 before he was elected. Read more.
Queens Street to be Co-Named After Knicks Star Anthony Mason
Although NBA star Anthony Mason has passed on, his legacy will prevail in South Jamaica, Queens, where he grew up. The City Council recently announced they will co-name 147th Street between 123rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard “Anthony Mason Way.” “Anthony Mason was a beloved member of the South Jamaica community and the New York Knicks, and it is only appropriate that his career be celebrated,” said City Councilman Ruben Wills. The City Council has yet to decide on a date for the co-naming ceremony. Mason played for the New York Knicks from 1991 through 1996. He also had other stints with the Bucks, Heat, Nets, and Hornets. In February 2015, Mason suffered a heart attack and passed away two weeks later. He was 49 years old. Read more.
400 Years of African-American History Act Introduced to Congress
Just weeks after a UN group demanded reparatory justice for African-Americans in the U.S., a new bill that highlights Black history has been introduced to Congress. On Thursday, the 400 Years of African-American History Act was proposed in Washington D.C. The bill was brought forth by U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va), Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va)., Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, and G. K. Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. If the act is passed, a commission would be developed to pay homage to “the arrival and influence of Africans in America.” “If English lives matter, if Latino lives matter, then African-American lives matter, and they mattered every day since the landing,” said Rep. Kaine. “The United States of America without the contributions and influences of African-Americans… would be unrecognizable and much the poorer.”Read more.
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital Launches All Def Movie Awards
Russell Simmons is using his All Def Digital platform to recognize Black entertainers after they were snubbed by the Oscars. All Def Digital announced the first-ever All Def Movie Awards at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Feb. 24, a few days before the Oscars ceremony. “I don’t expect a 90 year-old Academy member to see ‘Straight Outta Compton’ or vote for it. I’m more concerned that in 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and television series get made, and what actors get chosen. This needs to be addressed institutionally,” said Simmons. “The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars, but they could be. This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought provoking celebration of the uncelebrated.” The event will be hosted by Tony Rock. Films nominated for Best Picture of 2015 include Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Creed, Concussion, Chi-Raq, and Beasts of No Nation. Read more.