Five Music Moments That Make Barack Obama An Honorary Okayplayer
Barack Obama turns 56-years-old today.
Barack Obama was and will always be a culturally important figure in the history of the United States of America. As the first African American president of this country, Obama served the position with poise and grace while being one of the coolest presidents this country has ever seen. Even now, as he’s transitioned from the 44th POTUS to a private citizen, Obama is still appreciated and cherished by a number of people across the United States (more than half of the country wants him back as president) for multiple reasons.
Over here at Okayplayer, one of the many reasons why we cherish Obama is because of the culture — specifically black culture — he championed and encouraged during his time as president. From inviting Common to perform at the White House to honoring Chicago house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles, Obama celebrated the diversity of black music in more ways than one. So, in honor of his birthday, we celebrate Obama as an honorary Okayplayer by highlighting five moments during his presidency where he promoted black music.