You Can See an Original Painting By Obama’s Portraitist Right Up the Road

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

“Easter Realness #2” by Kehinde Wiley, who was recently selected to paint Barack Obama’s Smithsonian portrait, hangs inside of the Oak Park Public Library. | Courtesy Oak Park Public Library

A government’s purchase of artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise in extravagance and waste. Consider the Oak Park Public Library’s 2004 purchase of a painting called “Easter Realness #2,” by the then-relatively unknown African American artist Kehinde Wiley for $16,000, according to a recent Wednesday Journal article.

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Obama Could Get an IL Holiday and a Roadway Named in His Honor

Saturday, February 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (8th) has drafted legislation to name Interstate 55 the Barack Obama Expressway. A portion of I-55, from Lakeshore Drive to the Tri-State Tollway, is named after former Illinois Governor and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. The remaining 270-mile stretch of roadway from the Tri-State to East St. Louis … Continue reading Obama Could Get an IL Holiday and a Roadway Named in His Honor

Let’s Celebrate Father’s Day By Changing How We Think About Black Fathers

Sunday, June 14, 2014 || By Michael Romain  e can do worse than begin with then-candidate Barack Obama’s Father’s Day speech delivered on June 15, 2008, at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. At the pulpit built by Bishop Arthur Brazier (founder of the Woodlawn Organization, which as the Chicago Reader notes, “protested school segregation and built millions of dollars of subsidized housing”), Obama … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate Father’s Day By Changing How We Think About Black Fathers