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Barack Obama unveils his favorite books, music and movies of 2018

Former President Barack Obama has always had a love of literature, music and film. For his annual list of favorites, the 44th president took to Facebook to share the stories and tunes he “found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved.”

His favorites include the novel “An American Marriage” by Atlanta native and Emory University professor Tayari Jones, Atlanta-filmed blockbuster “Black Panther” and many, many more.

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Here are the best books Obama read in 2018:

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Favorite movies of 2018:

  • “Annihilation”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Blindspotting”
  • “Burning”
  • “The Death of Stalin”
  • “Eighth Grade”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Leave No Trace”
  • “Minding the Gap”
  • “The Rider”
  • “Roma”
  • “Shoplifters”
  • “Support the Girls”
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”

Favorite music of 2018:

  • “Apes••t” by The Carters
  • “Bad Bad News” by Leon Bridges
  • “Could’ve Been” by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
  • “Disco Yes” by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
  • “Ekombe” by Jupiter & Okwess 
  • “Every Time I Hear That Song” by Brandi Carlile 
  • “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde 
  • “Historia De Un Amor” by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
  • “I Like It” by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin) 
  • “Kevin’s Heart” by J. Cole
  • “King For A Day” by Anderson East
  • “Love Lies” by Khalid & Normani 
  • “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe 
  • “Mary Don’t You Weep” (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
  • “My Own Thing” by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp) 
  • “Need a Little Time” by Courtney Barnett 
  • “Nina Cried Power” by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
  • “Nterini” by Fatoumata Diawara 
  • “One Trick Ponies” by Kurt Vile
  • “Turnin’ Me Up” by BJ the Chicago Kid 
  • “Wait by the River” by Lord Huron 
  • “Wow Freestyle” by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • “The Great American Songbook” album by Nancy Wilson

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About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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