The fact that Obama approached Wiley to paint his official portrait (Michelle Obama's portrait was painted by Amy Sherald) is a historical first. They are the first African-American artists to receive the president and first lady commissions, respectively, and they bring a contemporary excitement to the traditional portrait, gallery Director Kim Sajet said.
Addressing Ms Sherald, Mr Obama added: "I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace, and beauty, and intelligence, and charm... and hotness, of the woman that I love". He also said he tried to negotiate less grey hair.
Both Obama's were painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by them.
Winter Olympics boost NBC to No
The Pyeongchang number includes people watching the Games on NBC , the NBC Sports Network on cable, and streaming video apps. Saturday viewership on NBC/NBCSN peaked at 25.7 million viewers from 9:45-10 p.m.
The Obamas' official portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Monday, a rite of passage for former presidents, all of whom have their portraits hanging in the museum. Two sets are created, one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery. Critics met the painting with both high praise and snarky comments. Michelle Obama's portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, shows her in a black and white dress looking thoughtful with her hand on her chin. Mr. Obama chose painter Kehinde Wiley, known for stylized portraits that address the politics of race, saying he admired the "degree to which [the paintings] challenge our conventional views of power and privilege". If you are familiar with Wiley's style, then you could imagine the issues that Barack may have in how he is represented.
'I was humbled by this invitation, but I was also inspired by Barack Obama's personal story'.
"How about that? Pretty sharp", the former president said after he and Wiley unveiled the life-size portrait to a swell of "wows" from the crowd. Mrs. Obama beamed as she described Sherald's work: "She is well on her way to distinguishing herself as one of the great artists of her generation".
While artist Nelson Shanks was no stranger to portraying important public figures-including royalty, world leaders and popes-his portrait of President Bill Clinton may be his most talked-about.
The International Rescue Committee did not respond to multiple requests to reveal cases of sexual harassment or abuse. Oxfam officials in Haiti were not immediately available for comment during the country's carnival holiday.
His talent and skills landed him a swimming scholarship to the University of Indianapolis, according to a tweet from @ggreenwald. The team provided more details in a Facebook post Thursday morning. "Words cannot describe my pain", he wrote .
The eight fake LoUs that formed part of the first FIR filed by the bank had been issued between February 2 and 14, 2017. The fraud was detected in January 2018 when letters of understanding issued to Nirav Modi came up for renewal.
However, the company said foreign exchange headwinds will result in an estimated €30mln hit to EBIT for the year. How has the stock performed recently? The company was maintained on Thursday, March 23 by BMO Capital Markets.
ChoLon and Williams & Graham have also made the list for Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Beverage Program, respectively. The prestigious nominations were announced today, selected from among more than 20,000 online entries in 21 categories.
Mikaela Shiffrin , pictured at the most recent Killington World Cup, won a gold medal Thursday in her first 2018 Olympics race. She is a huge favorite in that one, unlike the giant slalom, in which Shiffrin was merely a strong contender.
Unfortunately for the lovers of the Los Angeles Lakers , that appearance will not be coming with him rocking the purple and gold. In fact, the Lakers have the team-option in 2019-20 for $8.7 million and another in 2020-21 for $11 million, according to ESPN.
But he also believes Sam's must strike a "delicate balance" because it doesn't want to walk away from business members too much. Walmart will close Sam's Club stores in Casa Grande and other locations, the company announced.
None of his friends were among the victims but his younger sister lost two friends among the 17 who died, he said. Sources say that authorities are rushing to trace this weapon and its origin and how Cruz obtained it.
The US is stuck in Syria - with no mission
Their leader, Abdullah Ocalan, was arrested in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison after the death penalty sentence was revoked. He said Mattis had promised greater support in Turkey's fight against the PKK in their rear bases in northern Iraq .
Teva gets a boost as billionaire Buffett reports $358M stake
Buffet's company Berkshire Hathaway has sold nearly all its IBM stock over the past three months, amounting to 35 million shares. Warren Buffett's stake in the company, is part of his efforts to mend the health care industry in the United States.
Amy Schumer 'marries boyfriend Chris Fischer'
Star Amy Schumer ducked out of the spotlight by marrying her beau chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 13. He won the 2016 James Beard Award for American Cooking for his New England recipe-filled " The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook ".
Facebook smart speakers coming in July 2018
One of the devices, codenamed Aloha and Fiona, will likely be the high-end Portal speaker rumoured during CES in January. Both designed by Facebook's Building 8 hardware lab, Portal and Fiona will sport 15-inch in-cell touchscreen panels.
Tribe stops Grand Canyon copter tours for now
Most of the flights over the reservation originate from Las Vegas , and air tour operators aggressively market them. The company's website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year around the Grand Canyon and on other tours.
Two killed, 7 rescued in building collapse
More people are suspected to be trapped in the debris and the administration has started a rescue operation. The building was under construction with labourers working in the building at the time of the collapse.
Four FC personnel killed in Quetta gun attack
Pakistani police officers and paramilitary soldiers guard the site of a firing incident in Quetta, on Wednesday. The attackers opened fire on the vehicle and fled the scene, leaving four personnel dead.
Beleaguered gun maker Remington points to bankruptcy court
Remington also recently settled a class-action lawsuit over alleged defects in some of its rifles, as CNN Money reported. Remington Outdoor Co ., the nation's oldest gun maker, will try to file a prepackaged reorganization plan with the U.S.
Olympics women's hockey, Canada vs. Finland live stream
Lamoureux-Morando came into these games among the top five active scoring leaders in the Olympics with 14 points. Rooney was at her best as the Americans killed two penalties in the third when the Finns outshot them 10-8.