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Janelle Monae, President Obama: Artist Sings at Rally
Janelle Monae traveled to Chicago last week (Jan. 11) and met with President Obama during a concert and rally at the University of Illinois, which was organized as part of a campaign fundraising exhibition in Chicago. President Obama praised Monae for her vocal abilities, which he had previously witnessed in October 2011, at a state dinner alongside Korean President Lee Myung-bak...
Common Performs Conscious Poetry at White House — Video
Undaunted by the recent right-wing criticism for his "vile" lyrics, Common performed a spoken word poem at yesterday's (May 11) "An Evening of Poetry" at the White House without any pauses. Earlier in the week, conservative websites like Fox News Nation threw some verbal punches at the Chicago rapper-turned-actor, charging he was a "controversial" pick because his lyr
Sarah Palin Disses Common, Quotes ‘Rapper’s Delight’
Despite protesting rapper Common's poetry performance at the White House Wednesday night (May 11), presidential hopeful Sarah Palin claims to be a fan of hip-hop, using her familiarity with 32-year-old party-rap song 'Rapper's Delight' as evidence of her love of the culture...
Common’s White House Performance Draws Criticism
Hip-hop will invade the White House, as rapper Common has just been announced as one of the performers at the celebration honoring American poetry Wednesday (May 11). The Chicago native will join the likes of Jill Scott, Elizabeth Alexander and Alison Knowles for the poetry-inspired day...
Willow Smith to Perform at White House Easter Egg Hunt
Still riding high off the success of 'Whip My Hair,' and her latest '21 Century Girl,' singer Willow Smith is taking her act to the White House. The 10-year-old pop singer has been tapped to perform at the 133rd annual White House Easter Egg Roll, in front of 30,000 invited guests...
Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Invited to White House
First Lady Michelle Obama has extended an invitation to the "hip-hop violinist" Miri Ben-Ari, for the entertainer to spend a day at the White House in honor of Women's History Month. The Grammy-winning violinist, who has worked with Kanye West, Alicia Keys and T-Pain, is one of 25 women from various backgrounds who has been deemed a "remarkable women" by the first lady... Read
John Legend Condemns Tax Cuts at White House Motown Event
On Thursday night (Feb. 24), President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama honored Motown Records with a special concert event at the White House. Performers included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Seal and John Legend, who gave politicians a mouthful of negative feedback on their tax initiatives...
Beyonce Sings at White House State Dinner
Beyonce joined Mexican musical duo Rodrigo y Gabriela in providing entertainment at President Obama's White House State Dinner on Wednesday night, May 19. President Obama and his wife Michelle hosted 200 guests at an elaborate four-course dinner party in the White House's East Room to honor Mexican president Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala...
Jay-Z Finally Visits the White House
When Jay-Z was on Jonathan Ross' show a couple weeks ago, the British host asked him about being BFF with President Barack Obama. Hov responded that he knew Obama liked his music, but that he hadn't had the opportunity to visit the White House yet due to a heavy travel schedule...
Jennifer Hudson, John Legend to Perform at the White House
Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and Natalie Cole are among the A-list musicians slated to perform at the White House's first musical production of 2010. The February concert, officially titled "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement," will be a part of the White House's Black History Month festivities, and hosted by Presiden