Barack Obama

Obama Official Portraits

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Your DGB for today is to check out the artists of, and symbolism in, the Obamas’ recently unveiled official portraits.

Much like everything they do, the Obamas chose carefully and well when it came time to decide who would be painting their official portraits. They both selected Black artists with a body of work that included rich, colorful and interesting paintings of their chosen subjects. The Obamas’ portraits will stand out for a number of reasons notwithstanding their amazing subject matter.

President Obama’s portrait was created by Black contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. You can find a biography, show schedule and an online gallery of his work, here. Michelle Obama also chose a Black contemporary artist in Amy Sherald. More about her and a gallery of her work, here.

Both paintings are rife with meaning and symbolism, important to both the Obama’s personally and Black Americans. Please honor that by learning more about those messages. You can start here and here.

Continue to recognize Black History Month by celebrating our favorite President and First Lady’s amazing portraits.

 

Make Redistricting Sexy

Your DGB for today is to team up with Eric Holder and make redistricting sexy.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and some of his coolest friends (psstt...it’s Barack Obama) are teaming up to work on redistricting for 2021. Yes, we understand that is a VERY long way away, and if 45 stays our president for the next 3 years, 3 months, and 22 days, give or take (we’re bad at math) then it is going to feel like a thousand lifetimes. But just because it’s far off doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan for it. Redistricting and gerrymandering have a huge impact on elections. At least 16 GOP House seats are a direct result of gerrymandering and if we want future elections to fair, then we need to start working on it now.

Here’s where the National Democratic Redistricting Committee enters. They are working to build a state-by-state strategy that produces fairer maps for future elections and “makes redistricting sexy.” How do you help? You can either donate or sign up to be on the NDRC.

Let’s work with Holder and the NDRC and bring fair redistricting back, because those Republicans don’t know how to act.