May 31, 2018

2008: My President Is Black, Beyonce & Jay Z Say ‘I Do’ + Kanye West Returns With 808’s and Heartbreak

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2008: My President Is Black, Beyonce & Jay Z Say ‘I Do’ + Kanye West Returns With 808’s and Heartbreak

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As we continue to countdown to the world’s biggest hip hop concert, Summer Jam 2018, happening at Metlife Stadium June 10th; 94 til Infinity continues. Let’s take a trip down memory lane as we relive the most impactful moments that shook the world globally!

Beyoncé introduces the world to Sasha Fierce with her hit single ‘Single Ladies.’ Jay-Z took heed and put a ring on her finger on April 4th, 2008. 

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Kanye West returns with fourth album ‘808s & Heartbreak.’

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On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois defeats Senator John McCain and becomes the 44th President of United States of America and makes history as the first African American to be elected.

According to History.com:

The 47-year-old Democrat garnered 365 electoral votes and nearly 53 percent of the popular of vote, while his 72-year-old Republican challenger captured 173 electoral votes and more than 45 percent of the popular vote.

Let’s take a look back at Barack Obama’s Historic Election.

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Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is greeted after he is introduced during a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Arena November 3, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. Obama campaigns on the eve of election day with the polls still showing he leads in the race against the Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain.
 

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US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama helps volunteers at an United Auto Workers union hall, phone canvassing to gather votes for him in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

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US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to cast his vote in the 2008.
 

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US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama casts his vote in the 2008 presidential elections with wife Michelle, in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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A woman wearing a T-shirt featuring a picture of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama waits in a line with others to cast her ballot in the US presidential election on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Americans are voting in an election of rare historic potential, with front-running Democrat Barack Obama seeking to become the first black president. 

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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) supporters celebrate as his win of the presidential election is announced November 4, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham, along with Selma and Montgomery, were touchstones in the civil rights movement where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led massive protests which eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ending voter disfranchisement against African-Americans. 

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The image of a weeping Rev. Jesse Jackson is projected onto a large screen as CNN announces the victory of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on November 4, 2008 during Obama’s election night rally at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Americans elected Obama as their first black president, handing him an historic victory over Republican John McCain, television networks projected.
 

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President-elect Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd flanked by wife Michelle and daughters Sacha and Malia following his victory speech at his election party in Chicago.

SUMMER JAM 2008 

Fans lost it when we announced that both Kanye West and Lil Wayne were the headliners for Summer Jam 2008. D-Block (Sheek Louch and Styles P also took the stage along with Gym Class Heroes. Public Enemy reunited for a special performance. R&B acts for the night included Alicia Keys, Rihanna, The Dream, T-Pain and more. Check out the gallery below:  

Summer Jam 2008: Alicia Keys

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Cameron Potts

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