As the industry honored the best in music at the Grammys on Monday, supermodel Iman paid tribute to her late husband, legendary singer David Bowie. A few hours before Lady Gaga graced the stage for a special performance dedicated to Bowie, Iman took to Instagram and posted a photo of her wearing a black sweater with the word “Bowie” emblazoned on it. The sweater also featured imagery of birds and a heart. During the tribute performance, Lady Gaga sang a mashup of Bowie’s hits, including “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity,” and “Fashion.” Her red carpet look was also inspired by the singer’s style. “Put on your red shoes and dance the blues,” she posted on Instagram. “The world loves you David.” Bowie was also featured in the memorium part of the show. Iman did not attend the ceremony. Read more.
Civic Groups File Lawsuit to Block Proof-of-Citizenship Laws
Republicans are pushing for stricter voter ID laws, a major factor in regards to the low voter turnout for Blacks and Latinos. Brian Newby, Executive Director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC), has plans to make it a requirement to show proof of citizenship to vote in Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama. Local groups that include the Georgia NAACP and the League of Women Voters have decided to take legal action. They filed a lawsuit against Newby’s plan, urging him to lift the proof of citizenship voting requirement. “The timing of the Executive Director’s decision jeopardizes the integrity of several upcoming federal elections,” read the lawsuit. “Tellingly, while Mr. Newby failed to provide formal public notice and an opportunity to comment before changing the EAC’s policy, on information and belief, he entertained several ex parte communications from the Kansas Secretary of State, along with similar communications with officials from Alabama and Georgia, before he approved the States’ requests.” Read more.
Diddy Learns Family Members Were Free People In “Finding Your Roots”
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is known for delving into the ancestry of celebs on his show Finding Your Roots. On a recent episode featuring hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Gates dug up some surprising facts about Combs’ family history. He discovered that his third-generation grandfather, who was born in Maryland, was not born into slavery, despite the fact that it was considered a slave state. “Make no mistake about it man, this is not typical of the Black experience,” Gates said. “For 90% of the African-American people who sat where you’ve sat when I’ve done their family tree, no free ancestors.” Combs also discovered that the ancestor was thrown in jail for being a runaway, even though he was a free man. “I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for him, being locked up and to be innocent,” said Combs. Maryland abolished slavery in 1864. Read more.
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Here Are 21 Of President Barack Obama’s Best Photos Of 2015
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1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.
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2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children’s Center, one of the nation’s oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.
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3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.
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4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.
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5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.
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6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.
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7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as “Humans of New York” founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet’s comments on the popular “Humans of New York” Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.
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8. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick’s Day.
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9. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
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10. APRIL: During the Correspondents’ Dinner, his anger translator – played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key – helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.
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11. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country’s independence.
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12. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.
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13. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president’s trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.
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14. JUNE: President Obama sings “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney’s funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.
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15. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.” Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.
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16. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as “love goals” at the White House’s state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.
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17. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.
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18. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who “pop off” at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.
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19. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
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20. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama’s mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House’s national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.
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