Barack and Michelle Obama Sign On For Netflix

Netflix has secured a deal with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to produce series and movies for the streaming service. The former first couple will, according to an announcement Monday from the company, potentially work on scripted and unscripted series as well as docu-series, documentary films, and features under the multi-year deal.


“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said Barack Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

It is unknown how much the Obamas’ Netflix agreement — which will see them produce through their newly formed company Higher Ground Productions — is worth. In March, Penguin Random House signed the couple to a joint book deal that pays them a reported $65 million for their respective memoirs.

Ad Love: My Brother’s Keeper

Just in time for Christmas, My Brother’s Keeper, President Barack Obama’s program dedicated to guiding young men of color, released a new star-studded PSA.

The ad features two well-known friends of Obama: rap star Chance The Rapper and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

The video is a montage of Chance, Steph, Obama, and various young people watching a video on their respective devices. In the commercial you hear Obama’s voice say:

“I want you to know, you matter. There is nothing, not a single thing, that’s more important to the future of America than whether or not young people all across this country can achieve their dreams.”

Watch the My Brother’s Keeper ad below:

Barack and Michelle Obama Give $2M to Summer Jobs Programs

Former President Barack Obama hosted a community event at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago on Wednesday — and made some big announcements about the future plans for his center’s campus.

The 44th president announced he and his wife, Michelle Obama, will be donating $2 million to summer jobs programs in Chicago.

“One of the things that we will be starting this year is Michelle and I, personally, are going to donate $2 million to our summer jobs programs here in the community, so that right away young people can get to work, and we can start providing opportunities to all of them,” Obama said.

Check out some of the details here:

Celebs Help Obama with GOTV

Everyone knows that with the right people in your corner, anything is possible. That is exactly the case when it comes to celebrities hitting the campaign trail to support President Obama in his re-election efforts.

POTUS has got an impressive 181 (and counting) stars who have is back. Athletes, musicians and actors are all lending a hand – knocking on doors, calling constituents  who reside in swing-states and participating in rallies alongside him.

This past Saturday, Stevie Wonder played an unannounced concert for voters waiting in line to vote early in Cleveland. Wonder opened a rally for Obama by rocking the arena at the University of Cincinnati with a rendition of “Keep on Running.” Songwriter John Legend, actor Laurence Fishburne, and congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis, D-Ga., were among those who went to Ohio to lead a “Souls to the Polls” effort with local churches. Danny DeVito and members of the FX sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” have canvassed neighborhoods in Wisconsin, made phone calls and visited colleges in the state.

Also included: Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jason Mraz, Maya Angelou, Chris Rock, Justin Long, Jon Hamm, Maggie Gyllenaal, Chanel Iman, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow.
Celebrity sells. Now get off your butt and go vote.

Get Schooled thanks to Bill Gates and Viacom

Today makes the first day of school for NYC public school kids. The first day of school for me was usually marked with excitement. Everything was new: shoes, book bag, clothes and plans to make it happen. Unfortunately, not all kids have the same zest for learning. Viacom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to make sure that changes.

The two have partnered for “Get Schooled,” a national program that connects, inspires and mobilizes people — from policymakers and corporate leaders to communities and kids — to find effective solutions to the problems facing our education system. The goal is to engage students, families and community members in efforts to improve America’s public education system and encourage more young people to complete their education.

Jesse McCartney and Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Monica will perform in a live concert as part of the kick-off. Today’s block party and concert will include more than 400 Los Angeles-area public school students, parents, teachers and school administrators as well as various special guests and celebrities.

Stephen Colbert will serve as the event emcee andthere will also be presentations by Gates, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, author and political columnist Arianna Huffington, New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein and others.

The event will also include the world premiere of Get Schooled: You Have the Right, a special documentary which highlights the education stories of three successful professionals who work alongside President Barack Obama, along with Kelly Clarkson and LeBron James. The documentary special will be aired in the first programming “roadblock” of its kind across all Viacom networks, including BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land and Nickelodeon.

Super dope, right?

Find out more here.