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Obamas to appear in YouTube Black History Month special

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Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama will appear in a Black History Month special that highlights the “Black creators, artists, writers, storytellers, and history makers who have shaped our nation’s history.”

The YouTube special, called “Black Renaissance,” will also feature rapper Killer Mike, journalist Jemele Hill, Showtime hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, rapper Tobe Nwigwe, visual artist Shantell Martin and author Jason Reynolds, the video platform announced Thursday.

In addition to showcasing Black artists and culture, the Feb. 26 special on the YouTube Originals Channel will focus on “the next generation of Black voices who are reimagining our future,” according to a news release.

There’s no word yet on how the Obamas will participate in the project.

“By choosing art as the lens to further explore Black history, we hope to inspire our audience to continue embracing Black culture in all its various forms,” Nadine Zylstra, YouTube Originals’ head of learning, impact, kids and families, said in a statement.

In 2019, Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher education initiative teamed up with YouTube for an advice series aimed at students starting college.

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