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‘The Upshaws’ Creator Teams With Obamas for Netflix Scripted Comedy

Netflix is expanding its relationship with The Upshaws creator Regina Hicks. Hicks has inked a multiyear overall deal with the streaming giant. As part of the pact, Hicks is teaming with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground to develop a scripted comedy about four middle-aged Black women from Houston, Texas, and explore how they navigate […]

The Obama Portraits Make Their West Coast Debut at LACMA

A bright white wall at LACMA is made more vibrant by the arrival of “The Obama Portraits” in their West Coast debut, part three of a five-city tour that began in Chicago, stopped in Brooklyn, and will continue on to Atlanta and Houston in 2022. These official portraits — depicting the 44th president and first […]

Michelle Obama to Guest on ‘Black-ish’ in Final Season

The final season of Black-ish has lined up an A-list guest star. Michelle Obama will appear on an episode of the ABC comedy in its eighth and last season, the show announced on social media Thursday. She’ll play herself, but other details of the former first lady’s appearance are being kept under wraps for now. […]

Colman Domingo to Star in Bayard Rustin Biopic, the First Narrative Feature From Obamas’ Higher Ground (Exclusive)

Colman Domingo will star in Rustin, the biopic centered on influential civil rights and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin that Michelle and Barack Obama’s banner, Higher Ground, is producing. Chris Rock, Glynn Turman and Audra McDonald are also starring in the Netflix drama, which is being directed by George C. Wolfe, whose last film was […]

Erykah Badu Issues Apology to Barack and Michelle Obama for Posting Video From Birthday Party

Erykah Badu is apologizing for being a “terrible guest” at former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party. The singer was one of the guests who attended Obama’s private birthday gathering that took place at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts last weekend. However despite photography and videography at the party reportedly prohibited, Badu posted a video on her Instagram […]

Obamas Catch Preview Screening of Jennifer Hudson Starrer ‘Respect’ About Close Friend Aretha Franklin

MGM’s Respect, a film about the early life and career of Aretha Franklin, just hit theaters, with Jennifer Hudson starring as the Queen of Soul. But the Obamas won’t need to rush to the cineplex opening weekend — they’ve already seen it. The Hollywood Reporter learned that producers arranged for a private screening for former […]

Obamas’ Higher Ground Unveils Key Exec Team as Film/TV Co-Chief Steps Down

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Oscar-winning label Higher Ground has made additions to its executive team with key appointments across business development and audio along with film and television, in addition to one prominent exit. Higher Ground’s first hire, co-head of film and television Priya Swaminathan, will step down from her role at the […]

Obamas Readying Film and TV Event ‘Blackout’ for Netflix

The Obamas’ Higher Ground and Fatherhood producers Temple Hill are reteaming for a new project at Netflix. The companies are developing Blackout, a film and TV “event” that is being adapted from six different love stories, each penned by a different writer. The project, Netflix notes, is being developed concurrently as a TV series and […]

Netflix’s ‘We the People’: TV Review

With the help of the Obamas, Netflix channels 'Schoolhouse Rock!' with this 10-episode series of songs from artists like Janelle Monae, H.E.R., Lin-Manuel Miranda and more.

Kevin Hart on Ramping Up Production, Signing With Netflix and Collaborating With the Obamas

Kevin Hart doesn’t make small moves. So when the prolific 41-year-old — whose films have grossed $4.2 billion at the box office and whose salad days of stand-up sold out arenas — decided to make an earnest go of producing, he was determined that it not be just another vanity shingle. Though HartBeat Productions launched […]

Obamas Reteam With Chris Nee for Netflix’s ‘We the People’

Chris Nee, the award-winning creator of Doc McStuffins and Vampirina, is reteaming with Barack and Michelle Obama on We the People, a series of animated music videos that contain lessons in U.S. civics, slated to drop July 4 on Netflix. Creator Nee and the Obamas are exec producing along with Higher Ground’s Tonia Davis and […]

Michelle Obama Talks Family Quarantine Fun, Why ‘Waffles + Mochi’ Is Perfect for Parents and Kids Alike

Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared a family lockdown update and enjoyment she's found with her new children's show on Netflix, 'Waffles + Mochi.'