Category Archives: #inaug09

Aretha Re-Makes “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”

NPR Music: “Aretha Franklin performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s January inauguration. But she was not happy with the final results. So, “The Queen of Soul” went to the music studio to record another version, of which … Continue reading

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Bill Cunningham Documents A ‘Gospel Miracle’

He didn’t have a ticket to the Inauguration. He didn’t have an official assignment from the Times. Bill Cunningham just got on a train and went to Washington. He stayed on the street, where he had freedom to move and … Continue reading

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Flaneur’s Gallery: Shepard Fairey

Street artist Shepard Fairey‘s “Barack Obama/Hope” poster became an iconic image during the 2008 election. This week it was added to the permanent collection of the  National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. He talked about it on Inauguration Day on … Continue reading

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Aretha, Baby, Where Did You Get That Hat?

Aretha Franklin was so cool at the Inauguration that everyone immediately forgot about the Rev. Rick Warner. How could a cheesy TV evangelist hold a anyone’s attention after the Queen of Soul walked on stage in that hat?  Then she … Continue reading

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Toronto Celebrates Barack Obama’s Inauguration

This was the scene at the Bloor Cinema /The Annex in downtown Toronto when Democrats Abroad celebrated  Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Ms. Modigliani tells me there also was an outdoor Jumbotron set up at Dundass Square. Here’s what it looked like … Continue reading

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