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Obamas, Netflix to Produce Frederick Douglass Adaptation

Want to Netflix and chill? Make sure you leave room for the Obamas.

Netflix announced last year that Michelle and Barack Obama had entered into a multi-year agreement with the media giant, and they planned to release several substantial fiction and nonfiction films and series under the name Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company. Since the announcement, details on the actual content the Obamas are working on have been sparse, aside from Netflix’s promise that the freshman production duo will be producing entertainment for an international audience.

Michelle and Barack Obama released plans yesterday to work on a feature-length biopic called Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom in collaboration with Netflix over the next few years. This adaptation will be based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of the same name by American history professor and academic David W. Blight.

 

 

 

Frederick Douglass is only one project in the apple of the Obamas’ production company’s eye, however. Higher Ground Productions was founded by the Obamas last year as part of their partnership with Netflix. The couple will apparently focus their efforts on personalities and topics that are off interest to them.

For a more complete list of upcoming projects from the Obamas, click here.

Public statements from the Obamas reveal that they do not take this venture into the media industry lightly. Even if the turn from politics to media streaming services seems counter-productive, Michelle argues that two people who have such an immense following as herself and Barack should feel obligated to use their social standing as an opportunity to tell meaningful stories. In the same statement from Netflix last year, Michelle said:

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others. Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

 

 

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Barack Obama Lists His Top Books of 2018

 

Barack Obama posts his much anticipated list annually on Facebook. Check it out below! Have you read any of his top picks?

 

 

The books and authors highlighted by Obama this year were as follows:

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
Educated by Tara Westover
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
Florida by Lauren Groff
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
The Return by Hisham Matar
There There by Tommy Orange
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes

 

 

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Here Is Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List Inspired by His Journey to Africa

Check this out! Obama just revealed his 2018 summer reading list after his trip to Africa. President Obama wrote on his Facebook on Friday about his first time visit to sub-Saharan Africa and how this trip inspired him:

 

Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
 

The following six books are recommended and introduced by Obama. I directly quote Obama’s simple but beautiful words here:

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
 

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A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.

 

A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

 

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A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.

 

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

 

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Mandela’s life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

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From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.

 

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar

 

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A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya’s recent history with the author’s dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi’s prisons.

The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes

 

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It’s true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins. But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Ben’s one of the few who’ve been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the smartest reflections I’ve seen as to how we approached foreign policy, and one of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House.

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Obama’s White House Photographer Released Book Called ‘Shade’

If you’re familiar with Pete Souza, Obama’s White House photographer, then you might already know about his hilarious Instagram trolling. 

 

 

 

 

For the past year, Souza has been releasing photographs of Obama with witty, biting captions aimed at the current U.S. administration. The posts took off and have made him a powerful, popular figurehead in the resistance. He’s been using both his skills as a photographer, and his anger and frustration with the current state of the U.S., to stand up and speak out.

 

And now, following the popularity of his bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Souza will be releasing a second collection of photos entitled Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.

 

At a recent press release for the upcoming book, Souza said:

 

During the past year, I have been as distressed as anyone by the lies and hate emanating from the current administration. I began to use my personal Instagram account to throw shade at what was happening in the White House. Since then, I’ve been inspired by the comments I’ve received from many people who have posted on Instagram, sent me emails, or talked to me at my speaking events around the country. Many have suggested that I package my photographs and commentary into a book. As that idea becomes a reality, I am excited to once again partner with Little, Brown on this endeavor.

 

The book will compare photos of the Obama administration to the one currently in office, showcasing the two wildly different presidencies.

 

 

 

Pretty sure he wasn’t slandering someone on Twitter.

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The book is being published through Little Brown, and is expected for release October 16, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Obama’s Memoir Hits Shelves This November!

Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama’s memoir will be released this coming November 13th, and will be published by Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House. 

 

Obama, along with her husband Barack Obama who is also publishing a memoir with Crown later this year, reportedly struck a deal for $65 million, though there has been speculation regarding the accuracy of these reports.  

 

 

The book will also explore Michelle Obama’s time in the White House, her experiences of motherhood and her various public campaigns. The book will be published in twenty-four languages as well as in audiobook version. Obama has also announced that Penguin Random House will donate one million editions of the memoir in her family’s name to First Book. First Book is a nonprofit organization providing books and educational materials to schoolchildren.  

 

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