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‘You Told Us To Our Face That As Long As You’re In The White House You Had Our Back’

A message to President Obama from Standing RockA powerful message from Kendrick Eagle at Standing Rock to President Obama.

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Standing Rock member Kendrick Eagle just released a heartfelt message for President Obama, asking him to be a man of his word.

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In April 2014, President Obama visited the Standing Rock reservation, an experience that, according to Eagle, gave members “a lot of hope.”

Later that year, at the Tribal Nations Conference, Obama made it clear that his administration would stand up for “first Americans.”

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Obama promised more than words, saying “talk was cheap, and there’d been too many promises that hadn’t been kept.” Adding, “I’m proud every single day to be your partner. We are all one family. Let’s not make this just a dream.”

President Obama brought up Kendrick Eagle’s story during the conference, highlighting the struggles Native Americans face.

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“That’s a life-changing thing for me,” Eagle says to the camera, talking directly to President Obama. “Cause it’s like you cared about me, you know. You cared about my story.”

These days, however, Eagle is not so sure President Obama meant what he said.

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“You said you had our back, and here we are.”

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Since August, tensions between protesters and authorities at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have steadily increased. A few weeks ago, several protesters were injured in a clash with authorities, who pelted them with rubber bullets, high-pressure water, and tear gas canisters. Many protesters went to the hospital as a result, and one protester nearly had her arm amputated.

Several prominent figures have come out on behalf of Standing Rock.

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Bernie Sanders, Shailene Woodley, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are just a few critics of the pipeline, which if installed could have environmentally disastrous affects on those living in the area. And while it’s good for celebrities to bring awareness to the crisis, it’s not enough. The people of Standing Rock need real help.

But President Obama has stayed quiet throughout most of the protests.

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This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Kendrick Eagle.

With nothing left to lose, Eagle asks President Obama to stick to his word.

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“You told us to our face,” Eagle tells the camera, “that as long as you’re in the White House you had our back. And now’s the time that we really need you. Desperately need you.”

So far, President Obama has not responded to Kendrick Eagle’s message.


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All About Michelle Obama’s ‘Vote’ Necklace And Where To Get It

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All About Michelle Obama’s ‘Vote’ Necklace And Where To Get It

There’s no denying that Michelle Obama wowed viewers when she appeared at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week. The former First Lady delivered a pointed and compelling speech about the future of our country and the importance of voting and did so while donning perhaps one of the chicest outfits of the decade paired with hoop earrings and a sweet necklace that spelled out the word “VOTE.”

While there’s a lot to take away from Obama’s message, particularly because our lives literally depend on it, fans haven’t been able to keep their eyes off of Obama’s “vote” necklace.

Obama’s necklace was designed by Chari Cuthbert for her line BYCHARI as part of her boutique jewelry line which is based in Los Angeles.

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The Black designer has produced and designed custom pieces since 2012 and sold her designs via her website, word of mouth, social media, and a few influencers. According to Cuthbert, her business was already doing well pretty recently but sales for her designs skyrocketed this week thanks to a visual endorsement from Obama at the Democratic Convention. Cuthbert told CNN that 12 hours after Obama’s address on Monday night, almost 2,000 orders for her VOTE necklace came rolling in.

The necklace sells for $295.

“I was at my office, and I just sat there as my phone was going crazy, and I started to cry,” Cuthbert told CNN.

Obama’s stylist has said that the vote necklace inspired the writer’s entire look for the evening.

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Meredith Koop who has worked as a stylist for Obama for the last decade told CNN, “I built all of the outfit options I offered to Obama around the necklace. When I commissioned it, I knew it had to be the centerpiece When the speech started, you had to squint a little to read it. I love that. It pulled the viewer in.”

The VOTE necklace was crafted for Obama earlier this summer in July when Koop messaged Cuthbert on Instagram. The designer and stylist had never met or worked with Koop but found herself impressed by Cuthbert’s designs on social platforms like Instagram. Of course, this isn’t the first time Cuthbert has created the VOTE necklace. In 2016, she made a small supply of the necklaces for herself and friends. In 2018 she promoted the necklaces once again to raise awareness about the primaries.

“I try to keep politics and business separate,” Cuthbert told CNN, “But in these times, with what’s happening in the world, I felt like I needed to use my platform. So when Meredith reached out we knew how important it was to do this, and do it now.”

Cuthbert is a Black business owner who has been waiting for a break for her small business for some time.

Like millions of small business owners and entrepreneurs, she’s worked hard to pursue her dreams.

“I reached out to friends in the jewelry industry last night and this morning and have just said, ‘Um, I’m going to need some help,’ in the best possible sense,” Cuthbert explains. “This is it. This is the dream come true.”

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Barack Obama Added Latin Music Stars To His Annual List Of Things He Enjoyed In 2019

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Barack Obama Added Latin Music Stars To His Annual List Of Things He Enjoyed In 2019

President Obama has become a strong and lasting pop culture figure. He is often referenced in tv shows. movies, late-night talk shows, and a myriad of other moments. He has even become a tastemaker in some pop culture rounds. Namely, Obama releases an annual list of favorite things in entertainment and pop culture. It is a list that people have come to expect and look forward to as Obama has often highlighted the most influential people of the year. This year’s list is no different and there were some notable Latino additions to the list that people definitely paid attention to.

Former President Barack Obama released his culture list of 2019, and he included some of our favorite Latino creatives. 

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Obama’s recommendation lists have been a part of our lives since he began his presidency. Every year, he releases a list of his favorite books, music, and movies, and we’re always so excited because he typically is into things that we’re into as well. Not just that, but he also turns us onto new creatives because if he’s into it, we know for a fact it’s good. 

Oh, the music front, Obama did not disappoint. His favorite music of 2019 surprised many because while we know he has impeccable taste, we didn’t realize he could get down like that. 

For starters, in 2019, Obama listened to “Baila Baila Baila” by Ozuna featuring Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, Anuel AA. 


We need a second to absorb this awesomeness. Not only does Obama give a list of entertainment to make your year better, he included one of the Latin music’s biggest bops of the year.

People could not get over the fact that Obama gets down to Ozuna just like we do. 

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We truly want to know who put Obama onto Ozuna. Was it his kids? Was it a friend? Maybe it was Michelle! We know she does love to dance. Way to go, Obama.

We see Obama in a whole new light now. 

He was cool before, but now it’s on another level. We really love seeing the things that Obama enjoys.

Obama also listened to Angelica Garcia’s “Jícama”

The bilingual singer who’s based in Richmond, Virginia but was born in Cali and is of Mexican and Salvadoran descent got the break of a lifetime by getting a shoutout by the former president.

For those of you who don’t know her, now you know. 

Garcia tweeted, “I am tearing up right now. My grandma has kept your picture on her piano for 5 years. Thank you for listening @BarackObama.” We’re tearing up now too!

Like the rest of the world, Obama could not resist Rosalía’s “Con Altura.”


Rosalía was undeniable on the culture hit list for 2019 and there’s no way Obama could avoid her. She was everywhere with her new music this year.

Obama surprised many with his choices this year, but his Latin music artist picks blew us away. 

We stan Obama for life!

Now, on the movie front, Obama didn’t choose any Latin films. We know there were slim pickings, but we guess he didn’t watch “Knock Down the House” — the documentary about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rise to Congress. Or “The Infiltrators” another powerful documentary about what it’s like to be detained by ICE. Perhaps that last film hits too close to home for the former president. 

As for books, Obama chose some incredible reads, including Valeria Luiselli’s “Lost Children Archive.”

The Mexican writer tweeted that she was speechless over being on Obama’s list. She tweeted, “Happy, though of course bewildered, that @BarackObama read Lost Children Archive. Curious about what, in those pages, spoke to him, and wondering what thoughts left an echo.” She also added that she wants Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to read her next book! “And now here’s a wish for 2020: that @AOC reads Tell Me How It Ends and pushes for some major reforms!” It’s all about envisioning to bring it to light!

Okay, now that we know Obama gets down as we do, we’re going to play some Ozuna now. 

Thanks, Mr. Obama for reminding us why we love you and more importantly why we miss you even more!

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