Grace & Power: President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Cover ESSENCE’s October 2016 Issue


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will soon be leaving the White House, as the president’s term nears its end.

ESSENCE is giving them a graceful send-off with the cover of its October 2016 issue – and the lovely couple is picture perfect. Inside, they talk their life in the White House, the state of the nation and the legacy they hope to leave behind.

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President Obama Speaks On Colin Kaepernick’s Protest: ‘He’s Exercising His Constitutional Right’ [Video]


President Obama showed support for Colin Kaepernick‘s national anthem protests, at a news conference during his visit to China.

In recent weeks, the 49ers quarterback has chosen not to stand during the national anthem at games as a way of protesting against racial injustice. The president says in doing so, Kap is “exercising his constitutional right.”

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Watch: President Obama’s Speech At The Democratic National Convention


Twelve years ago, then-Senator Barack Obama addressed the country for the first time at the Democratic National Convention, and last night he returned to the stage where he delivered a passionate speech endorsing Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and also sounded off on Donald Trump. Read excerpts, and catch footage of his speech inside.

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Three Police Officers Fatally Shot In Baton Rouge, Gunman Identified + President Obama Condemns Shooting


Three law enforcement officers were killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday and three others were wounded, in an apparent attack by a former U.S. Marine. Baton Rouge Police police Montrell Jackson, 32, and Matthew Gerald, 41, were fatally shot, alongside Brad Garafola, 45, of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department.

Three officers were also injured – an East Baton Parish Sheriff’s deputy, who is in critical condition, and two have non-life threatening injuries.

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Kendrick Lamar & Janelle Monáe Perform At The White House For 4th Of July Celebration + President Obama Sings Happy Birthday To Malia


Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe paid a visit to the White House for the 4th of July party, on Monday. In addition to Kendrick and Janelle performing at the event for military veterans and their families, President Obama also took a moment and had the crowd join him in singing “Happy Birthday” to his daughter, Malia, who was celebrating a 18th birthday (Happy Birthday, Malia!).

K-Dot performed a medley of his songs, that included “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Money Trees” and “Alright,” while Janelle’s set included “Electric Lady,” “Q.U.E.E.N.” and a tribute to Prince, as she rock’d “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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Orlando Police Detail Battle With Gunman Who Killed 49, Injured 53 In Orlando Nightclub Shooting


50 people were killed and 53 injured at an Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse, early Sunday morning. According to The New York Times, on Monday, the police chief offered new details about their confrontations with the gunman, while other officials said that all but one of the 49 victims had been identified.

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President Obama Drinks The Water In Flint [Video]


President Obama paid a visit to Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, where he drank a glass of water to show that it is now safe following a lead contamination crisis – while addressing a crowd at a high school gymnasium.

The president blamed the crisis on a mindset that “less government is the highest good,” which says has led to disinvestment in poor communities.

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President Obama Drops Mic During His Final White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech


President Obama brought on the laughs, while delivering remarks the final time at the White House Correspondents’ dinner on Saturday.

“8 years ago, I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific,” tweeted the White House, as some of POTUS’ top #WHCD jokes were shared.

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