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The Obamas Have Created An Animated Series To Teach Young People About Civics

If this past election taught us nothing else, it’s that people have little if any understanding about American civics and how the government works. Now, the Obamas are looking to change that with their new animated series. CNN reports that the President and First Lady have created a new series called “We The People” which will be distributed through Netflix. Similar to the “Schoolhouse Rock” vein, “We The People” will “combine music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people,” per the show’s official description on the Netflix site. The Obamas will serve as executive producers of this new animated series, which — though aimed at children — is suitable for kids of all ages. Music will be provided by such modern musical superstars as H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Cordae, Bebe Rexha, KYLE, and Andra Day. Poet Amanda Gorman is also due to contribute her talents to the animated series. The new “We...

The Obamas Are Teaming Up With Spotify For a Multi-Year Podcast Deal

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company — Higher Ground — just announced its latest partnership with Spotify to create a series of podcasts. The multi-year deal will be through Higher Ground Audio, an offshoot of the broader production company that focuses on podcasts. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” Michelle Obama said in a statement. Higher Ground was originally launched in 2018 with an initial partnership with Netflix that would create a number of films and series for the platform. The content would range from scripted and unscripted shows, documentaries and features with inspirational themes. The Obamas are now carrying their inspirational content over to Spotify with their newest deal. “We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” President Obama said in a statement. “We’re excited about...

Jun 7, 2019