October 22, 2016: President Obama Hosts A BET Block Party On The South Lawn
A few days after the Frank Ocean-attended state dinner, President Obama hosted what was probably the craziest White House party in American history. BET’s “Love and Happiness” event was hosted on the South Lawn, and attended by the likes of Usher, Questlove, Janelle Monae, Dave Chappelle, De La Soul, Bell Biv Devoe, Jill Scott, Michelle Williams and Common. Check out this video below to understand the kind of party it was.
The event was made into a televised event on BET, and will forever live grandly in the FOMO Hall Of Fame.
To understand the impact of this event, we'll let Dave Chappelle do the talking, who discussed what it mean to him during his opening monologue for Saturday Night Live, the first episode following Donald Trump's victory. Here's what he said:
"You know, before I go, I do want to say one thing, and this is not a joke. But I think it’s important that I say this, ’cause they’re marching up the street right now as we speak.
A few weeks ago I went to the White House for a party. It was the first time I’ve been there in many years and it was very exciting. And BET sponsored the party, so everyone there was black. And it was beautiful. I walked through the gates — you know, I’m from Washington, so I saw the bus stop, or the corner where the bus stop used to be, where I used to catch the bus to school and dream about nights like tonight.
It was a really, really beautiful night. At the end of the night everyone went into the West Wing of the White House and it was a huge party. And everybody in there was black — except for Bradley Cooper, for some reason.
And on the walls were pictures of all the presidents, of the past. Now, I’m not sure if this is true, but to my knowledge the first black person that was officially invited to the White House was Frederick Douglass. They stopped him at the gates. Abraham Lincoln had to walk out himself and escort Frederick Douglass into the White House, and it didn’t happen again, as far as I know, until Roosevelt was president. Roosevelt was president, he had a black guy over and got so much flack from the media that he literally said, 'I will never have a nigger in this house again.'
I thought about that, and I looked at that black room, and saw all those black faces, and Bradley, and I saw how happy everybody was. These people who had been historically disenfranchised. It made me feel hopeful and it made me feel proud to be an American and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country.
So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too."
President Obama will be missed, but something tells us that as the shit hits the fan probably on day one of the Trump administration, the first African-American Commander-In-Chief will still be around, fighting for his country. Hip-hop ya don't stop.