[VIDEO] “Project Make America Great”–Children Write Letters to Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Concerning His Presidency

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Here we are not even a month into Trump’s presidency and already it has been marred with controversy, hate, and ignorance. In the last week alone there has been a ban on abortions, Muslim immigration, repealing healthcare, trying to build a wall, and dangerously upsetting the international community at large. Times are more treacherous than they have been in decades with people everywhere wondering where do we go from him and how do we resist the Trump administration and its policies?

Well those “people everywhere” include children; many of whom are affected by Trump’s policies and executive orders.

In a video called Project Make America Great, produced by a Rutgers alumna, Dominique Turner, children ages six to eleven wrote letters to Donald Trump.

He had just been elected at that time, but since the inauguration their views remain the same. See what they had to say.

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“I think you have a good heart, but sometimes you say mean things,” one student named Karter-Jay, 7, wrote in a letter to Trump. “Treat people like you want to be treated. I want you to be a very good president because bad presidents make bad laws, all the time.”

“I want you to make the world a better place,” Chase, 11,  said. “I think you won fairly, but I don’t want you as my president. Stop acting like a bully. You make fun of people for no reason,” he said.

“You could be a good president if you know what to say,” Gabriel, 9, said. “If I could give you advice, I would tell you to be kinder to people and say kinder things on TV. A president should be smart, kind, outgoing, funny, fair and can make good decisions. I hope you can do that.”

“I am worried about you becoming president because you don’t treat everyone fair” Kaden Anderson, 8, said.

Turner’s inspiration for the video came from a Muslim teacher, featured in Huffington Post for making her students feel safe in her class, by allowing them to express themselves. The teacher gave her students the opportunity and the platform to find their voice. The opportunity, ultimately, gave the children confidence to speak up and out against the things they don’t approve of or believe in. In that, Turner realized that although children may not understand fully what is going on in the world, no one ever really asked how they feel, in regards to politics.

“You do not like African Americans and Muslims,” Sumiyah, 9, said, as she wore her hijab. “You want me to leave my home and go somewhere that is unknown to me.

“I do worry about my future and that of my family because I am of Hispanic heritage,” a young boy named Javier, 11, said.

“I hope this letter will change your views, thank you,” Anderson said.

The letters written by the children were organic, with little help from their parents. The goal was to create a body of work that would be a sense of accountability for the President. To send a message showing that everyone is concerned, even our youth.

Activism is not limited to marching and being on the front-lines of the major protests across the country. But also, giving those who have concerns the opportunity to express them. Project make America great is an open letter fro the voices of minority children, our country’s future. #BlackExcellence

This is both heartbreaking and hopeful. It is heartbreaking in the sense and notion that children have to write letters of concern and resistance to a world leader in hopes he will not harm them or their loved ones; and hopeful in knowing that children like them are the voters and leaders of tomorrow! You can check out more of that the children had to say in the video below. Excellent work kids!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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It’s Almost Time…President Obama (@POTUS) Pens Final Farewell Letter to America…

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: In this handout from the White House, official portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on December 6, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

We are down to the final hours of what has been an extraordinary and exemplary presidency headed by a truly great man, President Barack Obama. We know it is inevitable that Trump assumes The Oval Office, but we cannot help but pause and reflect over the eight years of wonder we had under Obama.

Well the President is going to miss us just as much and penned a final farewell to the American people while customarily leaving a note for the incoming President.

You can read it in its entirety below:

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It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.


But before I leave my note for our 45th p
resident, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.


Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength. I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church.

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#SWEET! George W. Bush’s Daughters Write Heartwarming Letter to Sasha & Malia Obama!

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In less than a week President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will no longer be the leaders of the Free World. No one know what the rest of their lives after The White House will be, but we sure hope they will be great for them and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Apparently the daughters of former President, George W. Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, are wishing The youngest Obamas as well.

The ladies penned a heartwarming letter to Sasha and Malia. Read it below!

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Malia and Sasha,

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eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House. We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home. We left our jobs in Baltimore and New York early and traveled to Washington to show you around. To show you the Lincoln Bedroom, and the bedrooms that were once ours, to introduce you to all the people—the florists, the grounds-keepers and the butlers—who dedicate themselves to making this historic house a home. The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to. When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.

In eight years, you have done so much. Seen so much. You stood at the gates of the Robben Island cell where South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, your arms around your father. You traveled to Liberia and Morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance of education—girls who saw themselves in you, saw themselves in your parents, saw who they could become if they continued to study and learn. You attended state dinners, hiked in national parks, met international leaders and managed to laugh at your dad’s jokes during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, all while being kids, attending school and making friends. We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease.

And through it all you had each other. Just like we did.

Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children—a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines. But you have so much to look forward to. You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.

Never forget the wonderful people who work at the White House. Our greeter as 7-year-olds at our grandfather’s Inauguration was Nancy, the White House florist, who ushered us in from the cold. She helped us make colorful bouquets of winter flowers for our grandparents’ bedside. Twenty years later, Nancy did the flowers for Jenna’s wedding. Cherish your own Nancy. We stay in touch with our Secret Service. They were part of growing up for us: there for first dates, first days and even an engagement and a honeymoon. We know it wasn’t always easy—the two of you and the two of us were teenagers trailed by men in backpacks—but they put their lives on hold for us.

Enjoy college. As most of the world knows, we did. And you won’t have the weight of the world on your young shoulders anymore. Explore your passions. Learn who you are. Make mistakes—you are allowed to. Continue to surround yourself with loyal friends who know you, adore you and will fiercely protect you. Those who judge you don’t love you, and their voices shouldn’t hold weight. Rather, it’s your own hearts that matter.

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[VIDEO] We Are SO Gonna Miss Them! President Barack (@POTUS) & Michelle Obama (@FLOTUS) Deliver Their Final Christmas Message from The White House..

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I guess it is true when they say you do not miss the water until the well runs dry. That is exactly how we feel about President Barack and Michelle Obama leaving The White House. In just a little over a month, Donald Trump will be taking office. Many Americans are more than concerned, they are frightened by what his run in The Oval Office means for our country and the world.

The Obamas have just released their final Christmas message and it is chalked full of nostalgia. It only serves to remind us of the good times we have had and just how much we are truly going to miss this amazing couple and administration.

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[VIDEO] Who’s With Her?! Some of The Biggest Stars Show Their Support For Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)!

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With Election Day less than 24 hours away, people everywhere have been voicing their stance in this year’s presidential election by showing their support for either candidate. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party nominee for President of The United States, has been winning over many of Americans’ votes – especially minorities and millennials.

Although we may have Donald Trump’s arrogant and ignorant remarks to thank for this, we can also thank some of our favorite stars! Some of the biggest influencers, including rappers, singers, athletes and more, have spoken out and voiced that they are without a doubt ‘With Her’ – especially in this last week.

Singer and producer, Pharrell Williams, is one of he many celebrities who have publicly supported Hillary. In October, Williams went on The Ellen Show and was asked what his thoughts on the presidential election were, to which he responded, “It’s time for a woman to be in there.”

“Women think about things in a holistic way, that’s not just so individual,” voiced Pharrell. “If we had somebody looking after our country that thought about things as a whole, I just feel like it just would be different.”

Williams also posted a video via Instagram today encouraging all minorities to vote, with a caption exclaiming, “We are not minority, we are majority! Go vote and make your voices heard. #ImWithHer”

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The Great Debate: The Final Round!

Last night the world tuned in to watch the final presidential debate of the year. The debate was held in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center. News anchor Chris Wallace was the moderator for the event. There are nineteen days left to make up your mind and decide who is going to get your vote. This debate was the candidate’s last chance to try and secure votes. The events of the debate unfolded just like the previous two. Things started out calm and cordial, but it didn’t take long before the evasive answers and name calling started.

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Trump’s insults, of course, took center stage as he called Clinton a “nasty women” and stated that we needed to get the “bad hombres” out of the country. Both candidates took turns talking over the other and the moderator while trying to get their points across. Clinton pointed out that Trump has often stated that things are rigged or not done properly whenever it appears that things are not going his way. Trump has often stated publicly that he feels that the election is rigged. This brought up the question of whether or not Trump would accept the outcome of the race if it didn’t go in his favor. Trump would not say that he would accept the end results of the race; instead, he stated that he would look at it when the time comes. Trump also stated that he would keep everyone “in suspense”. Trump’s response has now become the focal point of the entire debate.

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[VIDEO] Groundbreaking! Hillary Clinton’s (@HillaryClinton) Campaign Has More Black Women Than Any Presidential Campaign In History

This year’s election will definitely be one for the books. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has more African-American women working than any other presidential campaign in history – and yes that includes both of Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. The 38 women are stationed at her headquarters in downtown Brooklyn and their roles spread across the campaign in its entirety — as designers, accountants, senior policy advisers….the list goes on. Salute my sisters!

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A conductor on this train is senior policy adviser Maya Harris, sister to California senate hopeful Kamala Harris and a political Goliath in her own right. She arrived at the campaign in April, fresh off a brief stint at the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, where she prophetically wrote about the importance of women of color in future elections. The Stanford-trained lawyer and former university dean helps shape the policies Clinton relays in stump speeches and debates.

When asked about the policies that would affect black women the most, Harris points to three main issues: the gender pay gap, support for small businesses, and criminal-justice reform. “When you talk about these things, they impact women of color in tremendous ways,” says Harris. “For example, an average women makes 80 cents on the dollar compared to white men. For African-American women it’s 63 cents on the dollar and for Latinas it’s 54 cents on the dollar. When you talk about ensuring equal pay for women, that will have a distinct and dramatic impact for women of color, for whom the wage gap is widest.”

Harris notes that African-American women make up the fastest growing sector within female entrepreneurship, and that the capital Clinton intends to make available if she were elected would help launch and grow their businesses. It’s a policy that will benefit everyone, but African-American women overwhelmingly so. And it’s reminiscent of when Obama privately rebuffed the notion that he didn’t support enough African-American-driven measures: “If I go out there saying ‘black, black, black,’ do you think that will help black people?” he remarked to several black leaders in 2011.

Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the black community — perceived as ambivalent at best and pernicious at worst — has snarled the narrative of her political stance for much of the current campaign. In 1994, she ardently supported her husband’s intensely punitive crime bill, which disproportionately affected African-Americans, and echoes of that era reverberated during the tense primary season. She’s also been haunted by a 1996 speech where she engaged in the duplicitous game of dog-whistle politics. Latching on to coded language to describe black youth, she said: “They are often the kinds of kids that are called “super predators”, no conscious, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.” No wonder some questioned her commitment to black America.

Who could have guessed that the man once dubbed “the first black president” would find himself in a such a racialized quandary? Yet there Bill was, so he apologized for the crime bill in an address to the NAACP in July 2015 — and because our society dictates that wives ought to accept equal blame for their husband’s actions, Hillary  apologized as well during a primary debate.

But the seed had been planted. Though Hillary is wildly popular among older black voters, millennials are finding her a tough pill to swallow. By the end of May, she had amassed a lead over Bernie Sanders that ranged from 85 to 89 percent among black voters 45 and older, but lost the 29 and under vote to Bernie Sanders. When it became clear she would become the party nominee, the Twitter generation vocalized their reluctance in hitching their support to her campaign with the hashtag #GirlIGuessImWithHer.

“Millennials don’t necessarily remember the Clinton administration in the ’90s in the way that you remember how much they attacked Hillary Clinton then,” notes Zerlina Maxwell, Hillary’s director of progressive media. “You know how we always talk about the concept of receipts? She has them — real, tangible working results that she’s worked toward to get for our community.”

Like Harris, Maxwell went to law school before immersing herself in the rippled pool of politics. She was a field organizer during Obama’s 2008 campaign and was elevated to social-media celebrity during the 2012 election when her informed political tweets took flight. In the off-season, she grew her profile by functioning as a political analyst on cable news and a contributor to publications like the Washington Post, Essence, and Feministing.

Maxwell’s well-documented advocacy against sexual assault is both potent and prescient. During a 2013 appearance on Fox’s Hannity, she presented the audacious suggestion that men ought to be taught not to rape as a practical tool in preventing sexual assault. Hannity was incredulous. His suggestion: Arm women with guns — never mind, as Maxwell pointed out, that most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim already knows.

Maxwell’s role in the Clinton campaign places her firmly in her old stomping grounds. She relays key campaign messaging to “influencers,” as she calls them, such as popular feminists on social media, and she also pitches progressive media outlets for coverage. “Being a black woman in this campaign, it’s a lot, especially given what’s going on all in the news with black people, and especially when you’re running against Donald Trump, which can sometimes be emotionally exhausting. But that just makes the work here more important.”

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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