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Byron Fitchpatric is the senior pastor of Crosstown Church and the owner of Snapix Photography. Hailing from Memphis, Tenessee, he relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, due to an intervention by his aunt and grandmother to get him out of Memphis where he was living a destructive life. Through a series of events, God got his…

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As chief engagement officer, Mike Strautmanis oversees community affairs and strategic partnerships for the Obama Foundation. He served in the Obama White House for four years as chief of staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Rolling out had the opportunity to speak with Strautmanis. Name two…

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Barack Obama is getting a long street named after him in the nation’s second-largest city. The 44th president of the United States has been informed that the Los Angeles City Council voted to change the name of Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard.  After the vote was certified and confirmed, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the…

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  One of the major keys to success is surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who are on the same path. You can start forming your circle of individuals by attending the best networking events there are for Black professionals who seek the same relationships. Here are the conferences you should mark on your calendar for…

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February is Black History Month. All month long, we are showcasing Black excellence from both men and women. These are leaders who are diligently working every day to make our communities great. Meet Kevin Bailey, the true definition of a quintessential Renaissance man who prides himself on family values and community service. Hailing from the…

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The state of Illinois has voted to recognize former President Barack Obama with a state holiday. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed “Barack Obama Day” into law on Friday, NBC Chicago reports. The newest state holiday will be celebrated across Illinois on Aug. 4 (Obama’s birthday) every year, starting in 2018. The holiday will be “observed…

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Former President Barack Obama may have let the cat out of the bag when he congratulated Jay Z for a prestigious distinction recently. Obama recorded a video message lauding his friend Hov for being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. However, during the message, he may have broken major baby news when he said Jay was…

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Katy Perry is seeking cover right now with all the incoming verbal missiles exploding around her after she made an “off-color” joke about former President Barack Obama. Perry has been courting trouble with her recent culture-appropriating behavior of rocking cornrows and gold teeth. Now she’s crossed the line, according to social media. The “Firework” singer raised…

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President Obama delivered his farewell address in Chicago. A number of politicians, dignitaries, journalists and entertainers were in attendance, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,  the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., CNN’s Anderson Cooper, NBC’s Lester Holt, and actors Jussie Smollett and Chris Tucker. Eddy Vedder, the Chicago’s Children’s Choir and BJ the Chicago Kid performed. Photo…

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Last night, I was in the room at McCormick Place in Chicago with thousands of others as we said farewell to our president. Like Oprah’s “aha” moment, those who have volunteered or worked in some capacity with President Obama’s political campaigns over the years have their own Obama journey story. For me, I’ve had the…

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“We will forever be grateful to you and your family, the graceful intelligent compassionate first lady, Mrs. Obama, as well as your beautiful daughters Sasha and Malia for their collective sacrifices for US,” rapper and actor Tip Harris, better known as T. I. writes in an open letter to President Barack Obama that can be…

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