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Obama BFF and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett remembered National Black HIV/AIDS Day yesterday. I’m proud of her for doing so — it’s a recognition of the special needs of our community. Here’s some facts on how hard we’re getting hit: To date, over 230,000 African Americans have died of AIDS – nearly 40% of […]

Valerie Jarrett, the brilliant and fashion-forward Special Advisor and BFF to the President, gathered African-American online media geeks onto a special call earlier this week. She told us in her opening remarks that “every vote counts and voters have a clear choice in this election. You can elect people who will work with the president […]

Fabulous Obama BFF and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett sat down earlier this week to answer questions from all corners of the internet from minorities and underserved populations on healthcare insurance reform. This includes BlackPlanet which is cool — many people don’t know BP is one of the largest social networks in the world). […]

On Monday, November 2nd at 3:30 p.m. EST, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will hold an extended online chat to discuss how health insurance reform will impact minority communities and all Americans.  Submit your questions now, or join us on Monday here at or at to submit your question live during the discussion.   […]

Hey fam, For those who missed it, here’s a high quality video of my interview with Valeria Jarrett at Netroots Nation 2009 in Pittsburgh. This looks better than the C-SPAN feed.

There’s a lot of excitement here in the hall and backstage. Baratunde has your questions and he’s going to ask Valerie J wassup. You can watch on C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2 starting at 9am EST today. They are covering all of the keynotes and several of the panels live. You can also watch Baratunde and […]

Update Friday August 14: The live video of my conversation with Jarrett will be available online! Not only that, I’ll be looking at the Facebook Chat stream to pull additional questions from the web audience. The conversation starts at 9am Saturday. If you’re not on Facebook, you can still watch the stream on My […]

From Roland Martin @Essence Blogs December 12, 2008 The back story of Valerie Jarrett, Illinois U.S. Senate Seat and the White House No one with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team has identified his close friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett as Senate candidate #1, as mentioned in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but it’s […]

  The First Pic of CPL…..hint, I’m wearing pearls.  From the White House Online Summit with African-American Bloggers Boy, CPL is sleep deprived, but I feel like a real writer because of the events I covered in the last 48 hours. Yesterday, I went to Philadelphia to attend the POTUS “Moving America Forward” rally, which […]

Last year, Baratunde Thurston AKA Jack Turner and I were honored in the extreme to be on the very first and very steezy 2009 100 List of emerging and established black leaders. A new 2010 100 List has just been released which covers geeks, educators, scientists, activists, athletes, politicos & civil servants, artists, […]

Wednesday Open Thread

Valerie Jarrett on Morning Joke. Good Morning. As you make it through Hump Day, don’t forget JJP. Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too. And always, have a peaceful day.

Here’s a snippet from the beginning of Obama’s speech this am at the UN where he talks about how we averted total global economic collapse: You’ll see some cameos from Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice (go sister) and Obama BFF & Advisor Valerie Jarrett. BTW, sister Susan Rice looks like she’s been working hard […]

Afternoon Open Thread

Some official White House pictures from the First Family’s recent visit to Louisiana. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Maude Smith and members of her family at Smith’s home in New Orleans, La., Aug. 29, 2010. The President and First Lady were visiting New Orleans to mark the five-year anniversary of hurricane […]

Afternoon Open Thread

Valerie Jarrett appeared on ‘The View’. Good Afternoon. As you go through the rest of your day, don’t forget JJP. Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too. And continue to have a peaceful day.

Tuesday Open Thread

President Barack Obama talks with, from left, personal aide Reggie Love, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, and Director of Political Affairs Patrick Gaspard, aboard Marine One during the flight from White House to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 9, 2010. —-Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Good Morning. As you […]

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