While living in the era of Trump seems like an ontological nightmare that we just can’t seem to wake up from, we continue to get glimpses of the good old Obama days. You know those days… when the our Commander In Chief looked like us, watch the same movies we did, inspired us to hope and even listened to some of the same music/songs that we in everyday Hip-Hop America listened to. There were so many ways that 44 sought to connect with Gen X and Millennials, many have felt a sense of withdrawal with out his consistent engagement.
However, this holiday season he and his family have been keeping us smiling with their random acts of charities, Michelle’s new book and look what we have here… a new listicle of his favorite tunes.
And keeping in the tradition Obama set while in office, he is sharing on social media his year end list of favorites of 2018: Songs, Movies & Books.
At the head of the lists that he posted are some shockers (proving that 44 has his finger on the eclectic pulse of a generation). His favorite songs of the year included some of Hip-Hop’s hottest tracks like The Carters’ “Ape Sh*t,” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart,” and The “Wow” Freestyle by Jay Rock (featuring Kendrick Lamar). His list of favorite movies included some industry blockbusters and critically exclaimed projects like Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman and the new film based on the James Baldwin book, If Beale Street Could Talk. Topping his book list was Michelle Obama’s Becoming and some amazing African authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe and Nelson Mandela.
Check out the list and let me know if you agree with his taste in artistic expression.
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As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Swipe through to see my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.