A Timeline Of Obama’s Blackest White House Parties

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As we celebrate the birthday of our one and only African-American commander-in-chief, look back at his Blackest parties and events.

Make no mistake: President Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House were the happiest times in presidential history for Black Americans. In addition to introducing policy that helped our communities, we saw ourselves represented within walls that had been built by our ancestors. Obama brought policy and joy, parties and concerts, Easter egg hunts and talent shows— and everything in between. He also invited a plethora of Black stars to Washington, D.C. that included Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Usher, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott and many, many more. As we celebrate the birthday of our one and only African-American commander-in-chief, look back at his Blackest parties and events. 

 

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Beyoncé sang "At Last" for President Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance in the White House.

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Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Will.I.Am performed at the Inauguration Ball for the Obamas in 2009.

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The Obamas had a great time during the dinner for Mexican president, Felipe Calderón and First Lady Margarita Zavala, where Beyoncé and Mexican performers Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero sang.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” in celebration of blues music in the East Room of the White House for Black History Month.

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Lenny Kravitz attended the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House recognizing Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman.

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Alicia Keys performed during the Commander-In-Chief Ball celebrating the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama at the Walter Washington Convention Center.

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Mary J. Blige performing at the White House State Dinner in 2014.

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In addition to Beyoncé and JAY-Z, the Obamas invited Shaquille O’Neal to their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the White House garden.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" concert at the White House. The televised concert had performances from Usher, Jill Scott, John Legend and Bel Biv Devoe.

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Jill Scott performing at the BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" concert at the White House.

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The Obama family looked amazing for their last Holiday Party at the White House.