It’s so bittersweet to say goodbye to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, this couple has immensely impacted America with their love and happiness.
Last Saturday during Dave Chappelle’s monologue on SNL he mentioned a very special time he spent in the White House. He painted a beautiful picture with his words, describing what he saw and felt that night in the West Wing of the White house surrounded by beautiful black people.
“I saw all those black faces … and I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised. It made me feel hopeful and it made me proud to be an American.” – Dave Chappelle
We were able to get a sneak peak of this magical night as BET hosted Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration. Live performances have always been a part of the White House traditions, and President Obama says it is one they will truly miss: “It’s with a little bit of bitter-sweetness that this is our final musical evening as president and First Lady.”
The event was hosted by Terrence J and Regina Hall who compared the Obama’s leaving The White House to AJ and Free leaving 106 & Park. The musical celebration served as a “a love letter to the president and first lady” and featured uplifting performances from Jill Scott, Janelle Monaé, Common, Usher, Bell Biv DeVoe, The Roots, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Kierra Sheard, and former Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. Songs filled with hope and honor were performed like the Oscar-winning Glory to Adams, and Sheard and Williams got down to Jesus Can Work It Out.
Obama tells the audience that the evening was not just about “black music”.
“This is an essential part of the American experience. It’s a mirror (of) who we are, and a reminder of who we can be.” – President Barack Obama
This remarkable night and the Obama’s remarkable 8 years in office serves as a strong reminder that we are going to be alright, in the great words of Kendrick Lamar. Through resilience, love, and happiness African-Americans and minorities across the nation will persevere.
See some footage below from the memorable event.
— COMMON (@common) November 15, 2016
— Nadia Raymond (@NadiaR5) November 14, 2016
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) November 15, 2016