Five events everyone will be talking about tonight.
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1The Smithsonian Just Gets It
In an epic cross-promotional move, Netflix teamed up with the Smithsonian Institute to unveil a portrait of the fictional House of Cards POTUS, Frank Underwood, in the National Portrait Gallery. The gallery features portraits of every US president as well as notable American dignitaries, now including Kevin Spacey.
The unveiling (streamed on Periscope of course) went down similar to an IRL presidential portrait reveal, accompanying a speech from Underwood and an appearance by series co-stars Michael Kelly, as chief of staff Doug Stamper, and Nathan Darrow aka Meechum, Underwood's bae bodyguard. The painting, completed by British artist Jonathan Yeo, will be on display through October. (via: Deadline)
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Ben Carson Pulls The Blacker Than You Card, Says Obama Was "Raised White"
Here's something new to add to your "shit Ben Carson says" list! In a podcast interview with Politico, Ben Carson dug his campaign deeper in the hole by suggesting that President Barack Obama was “raised white” unlike his own poor upbringing in Detroit, thus the first black president cannot identify with the "experience of black Americans." He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white,” Carson said of the president during the podcast.
“Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.” He closed his very troubling thesis by reminding us "I’ve been around for 64 years, you know,” he said. “I’ve had a chance to see what real racism is.” (Via: Politico)
Boycotting The Oscars? Watch The #JusticeForFlint Event
During the Academy Awards on February 28, Hannibal Buress, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Jesse Williams, and Janelle Monáe will host a livestreamed free event in Flint, Michigan to raise awareness around the city's water crisis. The event will be streamed via revolt. In the press release, Coogler noted that "through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.”
Also, look out for Fusion to air the "All Def Movie Awards" during the Oscars. In collaboration with Russell Simmons, ADMM are "not the black Oscars, but they could be" said the mogul.
Obama Sends Plan To Shut Down Guantanamo Bay To Congress
In a plan realeased on Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced the move to permantely shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The move will likely be shut down by Republican Congress. “This is about closing a chapter in our history,” Obama said at a press conference at the White House. “It reflects the lessons that we’ve learned since 9/11.” (via CNN)
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PostedFeb 23, 2016