The official portraits of former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at an emotional and historic ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning.
The stunning depiction of President Obama, by artist Kehinde Wiley, and of his wife, by Amy Sherald, drew gasps and applause as each subject and artist together removed the black veils covering the portraits for a dramatic reveal.
Both Wiley and Sherald faced an unprecedented and monumental task: to capture the first African Americans elected to serve as president and first lady in a building built by slaves. But neither artists’ brush failed under the weight of history. The portraits are deft, thoughtful comments on race and representation in America that also provide an intimate encounter with the psyche of their individual subjects
No suprise here. America’s wealth still belongs to rich white men.
Washington resident and Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ $80 billion net worth makes him the richest person in the country (and the world). The least rich individual on the map is Robert Gillam, founder of McKinley Capital, an Alaska-based institutional investment firm. But don’t feel too bad for him — he’s worth a cool $700 million.
Heirs to the Walmart empire dominate three states: Arkansas (Jim Walton, worth $35.7 billion), Texas (Alice Walton, worth $35.3 billion) and Wyoming (Christy Walton, worth $37.9 billion). Here’s to so-called upward mobility.
Movoto used wealth data from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth to create the map.
The federal government shut down at midnight for the first time in 17 years. The bitter budget battle centered around a group of Republicans who tried to delay the start of President Obama’s health care law.
George Carlin (1937-2008) was a famous stand up comedian who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin is noted for his black humor and political jokes.
R.I.P. George Carlin
Ayo Kimathi, a Department of Homeland Security employee was placed on PAID leave after being accused of running a website speaking out on black oppression. A government official has confirmed that Kimathi is behind the waronthehorizon.com page. The website warns of a war between the races. Under his pseudonym: Irritated Genie, Kimathi creates youtube videos discussing his opposition to hip hop/rap music brainwashing, homosexuality, the abuse of black women, black entrepreneurship and unity within the black community.
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring within the next 12 months. With this retirement comes a huge cash out of Microsoft stock. SPCapitalIQ says that Ballmer owns 333 million shares of Microsoft stock. If he is to exercise this options he’ll net a cool $840 million.
As of March 2013, Forbes reports his net worth as $15.2 billion.