A Look Back at the Election of Barack Obama, 10 Years Later.
It’s wild to think it’s already been a decade since the election of President Barack Obama. And like many of us, you probably remember exactly where you were on the night of November 4, 2008.
On Sunday, the former commander-in-chief took to Instagram to commemorate one of the most memorable happenings in U.S. history. In response, social media banded together to reflect on the momentous night and—of course—remind y’all to vote this Tuesday.
Check out Obama’s message, along with some social media responses, below.
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As I reflect on election night ten years ago today, I can’t help but think about where my political career started. I wasn’t running for office. I was running a voter-registration drive in Chicago. What I learned then — and what would become the premise of my 2008 campaign — was that you couldn't just fight for existing votes. You had to reach out to all of these people who had lost faith and lost trust, and get them off the sidelines. So during our first campaign, when I started seeing all these stories about record turnout in communities all over the country — from young people in line for hours in Iowa to elderly folks in lawn chairs down in Florida — I knew that we had shown what is possible when everybody decides to participate. And that, in and of itself, gave people a sense of their own power — their own agency in the kind of country we want to leave for our kids. When more people get off the sidelines and decide to participate, our country becomes a little more representative of its people — of everyone's collective decision. And American politics can change as a result. So on Election Day this Tuesday, I’m not just asking you to vote. I'm asking you to really show up once again. Talk with your friends, convince some new voters, and get them out to vote because then something powerful happens. Change happens. Hope happens. And with each new step we take in the direction of fairness, and justice, and equality, and opportunity, hope spreads.
Wu-Tang Clan’s Lipstick Collection (Yes, You Read That Correctly💄) Has Arrived.
Watch out, Fenty Beauty. The Wu-Tang clan is coming for that ass (or in this case, your customers’ lips and pockets). And you already know what they say…
Alright. Corny jokes aside, the legendary rap crew did just launch a lipstick line. It’s a collaboration with Milk Makeup, Teyana Taylor is the face, and they’re aiming to empower women.
“In previous generations, the feminine energy has been dampened by the world. But now, women’s strength, beauty and wisdom is finally being celebrated,” RZA reportedly explained. “Warriors come in all forms, but right now women are the modern warriors, unapologetic in their strength and speaking out about things they’ve held in or feared they’d be shunned for on, both a personal and political level.”
He continued, ““Bruce Lee said it best: ‘Martial arts are an elevated level of self-expression. To me, when a person wakes up, looks in the mirror, and puts on their individual armour, that’s a form of martial arts. And in that sense, lipstick is a weapon.”
First vegan sliders and now cosmetics. Listen, we’re not mad. Get in where you fit in.
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Enter the realm… 🌫 WU-TANG X MILK MAKEUP 美 Dropping today at 1PM EST – Wu-Tang and Milk Makeup have joined forces for a TRUE NYC collab which pays homage to our underground NYC roots and celebrates self-expression, strength, and the evolving connection between us. – Our history with @wutangclan runs deep. Milk first came together with Wu-Tang back in 2012 to launch #NYFW with a historic concert in the @Milk Gallery, and we even have a product named after one of the group's songs (do you know which one? 👇🏽). – Our collaboration packaging features Wu-Tang's famed "W" and an original graphic that combines the Mandarin character for beauty with Milk Makeup's logo. – Join the #notificationsquad – you won't wanna miss this👐🏽 #wutangxmilkmakeup
Vox Dives into the “Sexist Female Rapper Paradigm.”
According to writer Alex Abad-Santos, “it’s always possible that there are genuine disagreements or disfavor within these squabbles. However, it’s important to know that when it comes to the mainstream consumption of female-driven hip-hop, there seems to exist an irrational paradigm that reads like a crooked fairytale: There can only ever be one dominant female rapper of the moment.”
Read more over at Vox.
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