Few American Presidents have followed the pulse of popular culture as much as Barack obama. The 44th Commander-in-Chief offered his opinions on music, film and sports during his administration and after his return to civilian life.
On Thursday, Obama revealed his favorite movies of 2021, via his official Twitter profile. With 14 films, Obama’s roster demonstrates its range of cinematic appreciation, as it includes big budget hits, independent films, and even foreign language projects. The list didn’t have an official ranking, but as he said in his post, they all have one thing in common.
“Each of these movies tells a powerful story, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do,” Obama wrote.
One of the movies, Summer of the soul, certainly tells a powerful story. Directed by Roots drummer and conductor Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the feature-length documentary chronicles the long-lost footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring some of the best and most innovative black artists of all time, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, BB King, and Sly and the family stone.
Another film, the Oscar-winning biopic Judas and the Dark Messiah, told the gripping but tragic real-life story of Fred hampton, the slain president of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party, and William o’neal, the black FBI informant accused of infiltrating Hampton’s inner circle for intelligence purposes which ultimately led to his murder at the age of 21.
Who passed is based on the poignant 1929 novel of the same name. the Tessa thompson-The directed film is about a black woman with fair skin, played by Ruth negga, pretending to be a white woman. Was also included Macbeth’s tragedy, featuring Denzel Washington.
Soon after releasing his favorite films, Obama also released his favorite music of the year also.
“I’ve always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, so it’s no surprise that I’ve listened to a bit of everything this year,” Obama said. “Hope you find a new artist or song to add to your own playlist.”
Included on her favorite music list was that of Jon Batiste Grammy nominated single, “Freedom” Nas‘collaboration with the elusive Lauryn Hill, “Nobody”, British rapper “Little Simz‘s “Woman”, featuring Cleo Sol, Lil Nas X’s smash “Montero (Call me by your name)”, Lizzo and Cardi B “Rumors” and the Dancehall Anthem “Go Down Deh”, by Spice up with Sean paul and Shaggy.
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