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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.

Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling.

If you want to go straight to Obama’s comments about hip-hop, twerking and toxic masculinity, they start around the 54:00 mark. 

The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100 boys attending the alliance’s first national gathering. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation.

“We had to be able to say to them, ‘you matter, we care about you, we believe in you and we are going to make sure that you have the opportunities and chances to move forward just like everybody else’,” Obama said.

Obama, who left office in 2017, was joined by basketball star Curry. The men spoke for about an hour, answering questions from the audience and joking around. They talked about lacking confidence or being aimless as teens.

Obama praised single mothers, including his own. He advised the boys to look for a mentor, and to find opportunities to guide others.

Curry joined the former president in praising the value of team-work.

“What we do on the court and the joy that comes out of that is second to none,” he said, “because nothing great is done by yourself.”

The former president cracked up the audience, and Curry, when asked a question about being a man. He said that being a man is about being a good person, someone who is responsible, reliable, hard-working and compassionate. Being a man, he said, is not about life as portrayed in some rap or hip-hop music.

“If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” he said to applause. “‘Cause I’ve got one woman who I’m very happy with. And she’s a strong woman.”

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9 thoughts on “WATCH: Obama Talks Hip-Hop, Twerking And What Men Can Teach Other Men

  1. If only (most) men had the knowledge and common sense about relationships. A lot of men don’t realize that (2) people can do better than one financially, that family husband / wife relationships are great role models for our kids because it instills the importance of family, and loyalty

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      @Pink….You nailed it! Unfortunately, many of us (not all by no means) as Black men fell prey to the rotten ills of this society’s warped whims. The cruel, horrific horror of slavery, Jim Crow, auction block, murder, beating, mockery, discrimination, and a whole host of other inhumane forms of male neutering caused us as Black men to self-denigrate ourselves. Pimp movies, excessive drug use, alcoholism, street hustling, irresponsibility, abusing family/friends, jive talking, and many other internal conflicts have hurt our abilities to take control of our own destiny. But hopefully, enough of us Black men such as Obama and Curry will rise to the occasion to help our young men and women acknowledge and reach their full God-given potential. And I must commend many of our outstanding Black women for having the stamina and courage to keep us afloat.

    • Butter Pecan on said:

      C’mon, who in their right mind is going to enter into a long term relationship with an angry, trifling black woman? Hell to the naw

      • Michael Middleton on said:

        @americanize….I don’t know why we give such stupid fools as Butter Nut the time of day. The idiot is a pathetic psycho who seriously needs more help than we could ever provide. Giving this nut attention is like feeding a starving pig some gross slop.

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