Jussie Smollett’s Instagram @jussiesmollett, retrieved 2-25-16
Jussie Smollett’s Instagram @jussiesmollett, retrieved 2-25-16

In the last week of Black History Month, President Obama paid tribute to the late singer and songwriter Ray Charles at the White House.

Over the past several years the Obama’s have hosted many “In Performances” on PBS and this night was no different.  It showcased superstars from Usher, Yolanda Adams and Jussie Smollett performing.


Usher performed a special rendition of Charles’ most known hit “Georgia On My Mind” along with “What I’d Say.”

The President and First Lady both made speeches with with Mrs. Obama revealing that event would be “a little bittersweet for all of us” because it’s the final one.

“Over the past seven years, Michelle and I have set aside nights like this to celebrate the music that shaped America,” he said, adding that it had become one of their most-cherished traditions. “I will not sing. But for our last one, it is fitting that we pay tribute to one of our favorites.

Watch POTUS seven minute final ‘In Performance’ speech below:

You can see the hour long program on PBS stations nationwide on Friday, February 26th. This is one of the many lasts for The Obama’s, including seeing the President singing during the performances.

Written by: Jnelle Belle


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