Former President Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis appeared in a video honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday as the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination.The video, released by the Obama Foundation, features the 44th U.S. president and Democratic representative from Georgia sitting down with young leaders, discussing King's legacy and its modern imprint in an increasingly polarized nation.Lewis, who marched with King and other civil rights activists in the 1960's as a teenager, described being with Robert F. Kennedy's campaign in Indiana when he learned of King's death. Kennedy went on to deliver a powerful speech that night from the bed of a truck, echoing the slain reverend's message of love, compassion and equality."It was a very sad and dark time for me. He was my leader, he was my inspiration," Lewis said, speaking to Ron Brown College Preparatory High School students in Washington, D.C. "But when … [Read more...] about Barack Obama, John Lewis discuss Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in new video
By AppleInsider Staff Thursday, March 08, 2018, 08:14 pm PT (11:14 pm ET) Netflix is reportedly in advanced talks to secure a slate of shows produced by former President Barack Obama, but if negotiations fall through, Apple and a handful of other streaming service providers are supposedly waiting in the wings. Citing people familiar with the ongoing talks, The New York Times reports Netflix is offering to pay Obama and his wife Michelle to produce exclusive content that would air on the streaming service. A deal has not been finalized and sources claim executives from Apple and Amazon also expressed interest in securing Obama's proposed content. It is not clear what form Obama's show will take if and when negotiations are complete. The former president has expressed concerns about supposed manipulation of the media by conservative news outlets, and has spoken publicly about the dissemination of false information through social networking platforms. Despite the plinth Netflix, or … [Read more...] about Apple reportedly interested in streaming shows produced by Barack Obama
What do presidents and first ladies do after they leave the White House? For the Obamas, it seems that the next step is working with Netflix. According to The New York Times, the couple are in talks to create exclusive content for the streaming service, which boasts 55 million subscribers in the US alone. The “production partnership” has not yet been finalized, and the format of the shows haven't been decided. It’s possible that Obama could moderate conversations on key topics from his presidency, while his wife Michelle might feature in shows that cover issues she focused on during her time at the White House, such as nutrition. The pair could also produce documentaries or fictional series that "align with their beliefs and values." While the move would give Barack Obama a platform to reach people outside of his extensive social media followers, sources say the content won’t be used for responding to Trump or other conservative critics. Both he and Michelle … [Read more...] about Barack Obama reportedly in talks to produce shows for Netflix
Forget Stranger Things or Master of None – it could be former US President Barack Obama inspiring your next Netflix binge-session.The ex-POTUS is said to be in "advanced negotiations" with the streaming service, according to the New York Times, with potential for Barack to be joined by his wife Michelle in any proposed series.As to the nature of the show, that's yet to be finalised ahead of any deal – ideas range from a documentary series to a chat show to a fictional series aligned with the Obama's "beliefs and values".Big bucksAs you'd imagine, any deal with a former President would not come cheaply. But with a warchest said to be overflowing with $8 billion to spend on original content this year, Netflix can afford to splash the cash.And, for Netflix, it's a pivotal time to court new talent as its competition hots up.Not only is Apple also said to be courting the Obama's, but on the horizon sits Disney's long-awaited streaming service, which has just this week signed up … [Read more...] about Is Barack Obama the next big Netflix star?
Barack Obama is discussing terms to produce a series of shows with Netflix, according to The New York Times and CNN. Details of the shows are yet to be finalized, but they would provide the former president and his wife, Michelle, with a platform to communicate with Netflix’s 117 million global subscribers. The Times suggests that one show idea could see President Obama moderating conversations on key matters from his presidency, while another might involve Michelle focusing on issues that she targeted during her time as First Lady. The shows are unlikely to target President Trump directly, according to the Times’ sources; rather, the Obamas would prefer to “highlight inspirational stories.” President Obama is no stranger to Netflix. He recently appeared on the platform as the first subject of David Letterman’s new interview series, My Next Guest Needs no Introduction, and reportedly has a close relationship with CEO Reed Hastings. … [Read more...] about Barack Obama is reportedly planning Netflix shows