A Shining Beacon



Taylor Lewis: President And Michelle Obama’s Legacy Lives On In October Issue Of ESSENCE

It’s the end of an era. While the Obamas are hoping that their initiatives—My Brother’s Keeper, Let’s Move, Let Girls Learn, to name a few—will live on, the couple hopes to hold onto the memories that they’ve made during their eights years in DC. Some of my fondest memories of the White House are just being with the girls on a summer night and walking the dogs around the South Lawn, talking and listening to them, trying to get Bo to move because sometimes it’s hot.”



“I think when it comes to Black kids, it means something for them to have spent most of their life seeing the family in the White House look like them,” Mrs. Obama said. “It matters. All the future work that Barack talked about, I think over these last few years, we’ve kind of knocked the ceiling of limitation off the roofs of many young kids; imaginations of what’s possible for them. And as a mother, I wouldn’t underestimate how important that is, having that vision that you can really do anything—not because somebody told you, but because you’ve seen and experienced it. I think that will be a lasting impact on our kids.”

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134 Responses to “A Shining Beacon”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    September 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm


    1. Late Night with Seth Meyers has First Lady Michelle Obama scheduled tonight. I don’t know if she’s a guest or it’s a taped segment, but the show is on NBC and comes on at 12:30AM EDT.

    2. If you have not checked out Ava Duvernay’s MASTERPIECE, Queen Sugar on OWN. Run…run….run and catch it.

    3. Also check out the hilarious yet beautifully truthful Atlanta on FX.

    4. Queen Sugar and Atlanta show the amazing work that graces our screens when artists of color are allowed the space to tell their and our stories.

  2. 4 whenpamelawandered
    September 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Grace and Power, based on Love, Respect, Intelligence and Compassion. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. September 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm


    • 9 GGail
      September 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      His azz needs to be reigned in and soon

        September 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm


      • September 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        I keep trying to imagine what the debates are going to be like, and all I can come up with is 90min of:

        Hillary: (explains in detail one of her policies..)

        Trump: “You’re wrong! Believe me.”

        At that point he’ll either keep answering like a toddler, or state, “You’re a criminal who should be in prison, there’s no point to this debate.” and walk out because it’s the only way he won’t be humiliated on national television.

        There’s no way to have even one event we call a “debate” these days, that’s going to consist of two adults answering questions and talking about policy in an educated, mature way.

        It’s going to look like a random adult up against a bullying toddler who’s parent is nowhere to be found, and instead of bursting into tears when he’s getting bested, will just turn to insults, or will take his toys and go home.

        • 12 GGail
          September 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

          That’s precisely what he will do.

        • 13 0388jojothecat
          September 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

          Tally they are going to have him so drugged up like he was in Mexico. He will not be able to behave like he did during the GOP debates at least for the first one. My guess/hope he will not answer any questions and just filibuster just like $carah Palin.

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      September 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  4. 15 Allison
    September 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  5. September 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    The Obamas have definitely spoiled us and have raised the standards for what we should expect in a POTUS/FLOTUS (or in the case of BC FGOTUS???).

    Each day I become more resigned that PBO’s term is coming to an end; more melancholy of what I know we will miss; but joyful that I lived during his administration and was able to experience his greatest.

  6. September 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    • 19 GGail
      September 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      How evil and how so very entitled. It’s okay for his father to deny people housing based on race, to beat workers out of contract payments, to file bankruptcy a gazillion times, why?, because he’s not a minority.

      If this doesn’t motivate Latino’s, nothing will.

  7. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  8. September 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    These right wing conservatives would be having a dam fit if 2008 Barack Obama were worshiping Putin like Donald J. Trump is worshiping Putin.

  9. 22 idon
    September 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I keep seeing tweets that Ohio Dem Sen candidate Strickland cancels ad buys in key Ohio areas. Does anyone here know what’s going on?

    • September 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      He has a new ad up in my area just north of Columbus ……. talking about the need to keep Ohio afloat during the economic
      crash. It’s a late challenge to the lies …..but, better late than never. Who knows how everything will turn out. Maybe Ohioans
      will turn against all the lies and negativity at some point.

    • September 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      I think he’s cancelling ad buys in some areas and shifting to other areas. The DSCC has pulled their support so my guess is he’s trying to be as strategic as possible about his funds.

  10. September 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Interesting -> https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160825-saudi-prince-says-he-twice-saved-trump-from-bankruptcy/

  11. September 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Such grace and beauty. Such character and courage. Thank you so much Nerdy for keeping the home fires burning. Love your tweets. It pains me to think that Republicans could elect a pompous, bombastic, egotistical, single neuron moron to replace Barack and Michelle Obama.

  12. September 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Since Trump is such an admirer of Putin and is so impressed with his leadership, perhaps he’d like to become a Russian citizen. I know he believes he’d be welcomed with open arms.

    • 28 Obama Grandmama
      September 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      I have been thinking Trump needs to leave America and move to Russia or North Korea since he admirers those dictators so much.

  13. September 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  14. September 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    HRC’s presser was great. She’s doing a good job of keeping it real. Catch it on video if you can.

  15. September 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    These people are disgusting!

  16. September 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

  17. 38 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    LIVE NOW: Tim Kaine Remarks In Norfolk, VA – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  18. September 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    We will not be able to measure their impact until years later. The seeds planted in the psyches of Non-White children have yet to blossom.

  19. September 9, 2016 at 6:28 pm


    back to work ….

  20. September 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm

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  22. 53 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

  23. September 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm


    • September 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      So I guess the Clintons are making Trump worship Putin. I am glad Ed Schultz it gone off the cable.

    • 56 arapaho415
      September 9, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      GA HF2.


      I cannot express how much I hate this Presidential election, and how absolutely INSANE a portion of our population of Americans is.

      I’m with @jonfavs:

      • September 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        Sometimes I feel like the entire country is in an episode of the Twilight Zone or that we’ll wake up and discover that we were all having the same nightmare.

        • 58 arapaho415
          September 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

          GE SWBG.

          ^5. It’s as if you read my mind.

          DJT is a horrible monster, and MSM have no clue how to deal with him — fact checking won’t work because all he DOES is #MakeStuffUp. If MSM would set the bar higher than a two-year-old having a tantrum, then more Americans might make an informed decision.

          Unfortunately journalists who might make a difference are now retired. 😦

          Or are not part of the American MSM.


          • 59 arapaho415
            September 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

            So of course, DJT retweets @ddale8 today, omitting most of his tweet:

            Oh, it looks like DJT deleted his RT of @ddale — DJT basically just copied the first two sentences of @ddale8’s tweet, omitting the concluding sentence “He also made stuff up and called for regime change while denouncing regime change.”

    • 60 COS
      September 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Isn’t he working for Russian TV now? This is an example of someone hitting rock bottom. I am sure this is part of his job to say this. How does he feel betraying all of the union workers and folks who he was fighting for in Wisconsin and around the country?

  24. September 9, 2016 at 7:16 pm

  25. September 9, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    • 64 arapaho415
      September 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      GE PF58.

      This is a great photo of HRC, IMHO.

      • 66 MadameSoph
        September 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        A Madame President seems real looking at that… 🙂 Obviously, that was the idea behind the staging, but I’m kind of excited. I’m gonna miss our POTUS and FLOTUS so much (saved that Essence cover to my photos), but I’m looking forward to what they will do in the coming years. As PBO himself said, he’s not going anywhere. And, if we can follow 8 years of Barack Obama with (knock on wood) 8 years of a female, liberal President? I know it will be ugly, with the misogynist haters doubling down on the racist haters, but the kids who will grow up with a completely different idea of who can be CIC than we all did…. that is glorious!

  26. 67 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm

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  29. September 9, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Watching Joy Reid, Katie Tur, and Tweety whip Trump surrogate Jack Kingston about Trump birtherism was a joy to behold. CM was continuing his pursuit of why, when all Trump’s surrogates insist that Trump now believes that PBO was born in the US and that his presidency is legitimate, Trump himself will not say so.

    Kingston tried to go with the “HRC started it” conspiracy and Joy Reid shot that to shreds, citing sources and telling Kingston to look it up. Kingston tried to say that Trump’s supporters are primarily focused on the economy, jobs, etc. and Katie Tur, who has been following Trump’s campaign for the past 14 to 15 months (bless her heart) rebutted with a first hand account of the racist/sexist/threatening chants of these supporters at these rallies, and that Trump does nothing to discourage it.

    The three of them cited polls stating that Trump supporters believe that PBO is a Muslim, not a US citizen, etc. They brought out videos showing Trump spouting his birther views as recent as this past December.

    Why Trumps surrogates continue to embarrass themselves trying to justify his lies and trying to apologize on his behalf for things that he refuses to back down from is beyond me.

    • September 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      swbluega I saw that and Joy did not put up with Jack Kingston B.S. Neither did the reporter, she told exactly how Trump supporters were, the things they be saying about President Obama. As someone said Joy Reid should have hosted that program the other night, instead of that Matt Lauer.

    • September 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      • 78 Obama Grandmama
        September 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        I am beginning to hate Trump’s lying surrogates as much as Trump himself. Hopefully, more journalists will follow Joy Reid’s lead. The worst part is I have a hard time tolerating those citizens that believe all their lies and are not even open to checking out and verifying what was said.

        • September 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm

          Unfortunately, the problem is that there are biases and bigotry already there. Trump and the MSM’s rhetoric just confirms or validates for them what they already believe.

  30. September 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

  31. September 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

  32. September 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  33. September 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm


    • 87 idon
      September 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Who do u know that has a #ThroneOfGrace that awesome at any age? FLOTUS is in her early fifties and yet in this picture, she looks like POTUS snuck her out of her college dorm for a first date. I mean it’s perfection; a thing of beauty. Even in my twenties when I was thin, I never ever had a #ThroneOfGrace like that. Like the brother said, POTUS is thanking God everyday for being able to worship at FLOTUS #ThroneOfGrace forever.

  34. 88 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    • 89 vcprezofan2
      September 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      From the linked article in the tweet above…..↓ ↓ ↓


      ‘She was a sponge for knowledge’
      Clinton and her allies started small but over time succeeded in dramatically expanding the health program for those who became ill after
      9/11. Within weeks of the attacks she had helped secure $12m for a pilot project at Mount Sinai hospital, screening some 9,000 workers with suspected Ground Zero illnesses.

      By April 2004 the program had grown to a $90m fund offering three free medical exams a year to 50,000 first responders and residents of lower Manhattan. In 2010, Clinton having passed on the baton to her successor in the US senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, reluctant Republicans in Congress were cajoled into passing the $4bn Zadroga Act, covering the health costs of those impaired by the toxic fumes. Last year the program was extended for 75 years, and now serves 65,000 emergency responders and almost 10,000 9/11 resident survivors.

      Philip Landrigan, who hosted the first World Trade Center medical program at Mount Sinai, puts this success story in no small part down to Clinton’s relentless pursuit of the subject coupled with her attention to detail.


      This line in the article reminded me that serious and determined politicians take incremental steps forward when that is all they can take in a given situation. >> “Clinton and her allies started small but over time succeeded in dramatically expanding the health program for those who became ill after 9/11.”

  35. 90 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm

  36. September 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm


    Damon Young, 9/9/16

    Of course, its extremely presumptuous of me — or anyone, rather — to speculate on the Obamas’ sex life. Who knows what’s happening privately between them? For all we know, they could have one of those arrangements like Claire and Frank Underwood where they both kinda do their own thing (and occasionally include secret service agents).

    But come the hell on! Look at them! Look at our first lady! Look at that ass! Look! At! Dat! Ass! Look at that look on the President’s face. It’s the same look you have on Thanksgiving while you’re praying before the feast; a look of “God is great and yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda is the praying done yet cause I can’t wait to smash the fuck out of this dressing.” They are totally, definitely, 100% fucking everywhere at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. From the windows to the walls. Till the sweat drips down Barack’s balls. Skeet, skeet, skeet, skeet. The playlist proves it!


    • September 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

      And, probably the most accurate account to date 😉

      Thank you rikyrah, as would likely have never seen this …. take care everyone … Happy Weekend …


    • 93 vcprezofan2
      September 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      FTR (and not that anyone cares) but I am totally uneasy with us going *there* on this blog. For all the Obamas’ service and so much else that we can speak about them doing that is relevant, it bothers me that we would elevate this private aspect of their lives in our TOD forum. Just saying (because this is the second example of something similar I’ve seen here tonight).

      • 94 donna dem 4 obama
        September 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

        Thanks VC. I have a pretty good sense of humor and consider myself with pretty liberal thinkings but their sex life is none of my business. Call me ole fashioned I guess. 😯

        • 95 vcprezofan2
          September 9, 2016 at 9:26 pm

          Know what DD, I’m not thinking ‘ole fashioned’ as much as I’m thinking R_E_S_P_E_C_T. It strikes a jarring key for me to say here that we have mega love and respect for the Obamas and then to find humour in this classless assumption about their intimate lives. IMO this shouldn’t be shared here.

      • 96 Obama Grandmama
        September 9, 2016 at 10:16 pm

        I second your feelings. I am a seventy year old widow and grandma so maybe old fashion but that direction seems disrespectful and not our business to me.

        • September 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm

          I’m with you guys 100%. I don’t fine Damon Young funny or anyone else. In that picture I know people are going to comment about FLOTUS, that’s just how we are. But I still like to be respectful regardless. I still respect and love all of our First Lady. I know the right will be nasty enough.

    • 98 idon
      September 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      I posted something up thread regarding the absolutely awesome Essence First Couple pic. I apologize if it offended anyone. Please feel free to delete it. I just wish I was built like that. I consider FLOTUS to be perfectly made. That is all.

  37. 100 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    bbc – internet swoons over obamas’ photoshoot.


    and we all know who started it. (looking at you toddys/smh)

  38. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    September 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    not that my email to POTUS had anything to do with today’s decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    But I am glad tonight that before PBO departed for his Asian trip, I took the time to write him imploring his administration (specifically the DOJ Civil Rights Division) to step in and stand on the side of the Sioux Nation.

    mine was just a very tinny voice among so many who have expressed support of those who have been working on this for a while now.

    I humbly reminded him that many of us were very grateful for his support of the rights and well being of the First Americans and that a cool head would be needed to help resolve this contentious issue.

    I don’t know how it will all end but I have no doubt that the sight of private security setting dogs on the protestors was totally unacceptable and escalating an already tense situation.

    good luck to the people who will work on finding a solution that does not violate the rights of a marginalized group

  39. 102 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm

  40. 103 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

  41. 104 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  42. September 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    OMG, Pete’s done it AGAIN:

  43. 106 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm

  44. 107 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    • 108 Obama Grandmama
      September 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Even if he says he is no longer A Birther I still hold him responsible for creating this tension. Too little, too late!

  45. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

  46. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  47. 113 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  48. 114 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    • 115 0388jojothecat
      September 10, 2016 at 2:41 am

      How can these so-called Christian families vote for someone who peddles hate, curses, has 5 kids from 3 wives and worry about the “media environment”.

  49. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  50. 117 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  51. 118 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      September 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      I so needed to see this again tonight … to see what goodness and light look like … apart from the awful political campaign we have to witness for -60 or so more days. Thank you, Baby O’Donna!

  52. 120 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  53. 121 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm

  54. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I am not a violent woman, never have been. 🙂 But if I were to ever run into Jeffrey Lord, I’d beat him with a stick. A very large stick. And now looks like I’ll have to invite Tony Schwartz to Thanksgiving dinner.

  55. 124 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  56. 125 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  57. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    September 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  58. 127 hopefruit2
    September 9, 2016 at 10:13 pm

  59. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    That moment we knew we had 4 more years of this wonderful family

  60. 132 amk for obama
    September 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    looks like the ugly underbelly of murkkka not only runs deep but also runs wide.

  61. 134 globalcitizenlinda
    September 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

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