The Occidental Negro

Tellin’ it like it is…

The fact that, in 1974, Barack Obama was 13 and living in Hawai’i means nothing to the time-stuttering, narrative-bending comedian in this absurd, high-larious short.

Freddy Lockhart’s BARACKin74 series imagines an alternate universe in which Obama is a rising, ambitious, yet somewhat naive and full-of-himself freshman at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Captured in the faux, promotional video-style of schools at that time, mixing archival footage with his own impersonation of the senator, I have a hard time putting my finger on why I love Lockhart’s cerebral act. Dave Chappelle doesn’t, though. So, listen to Rick James, if that’s what it takes to get you to watch this.



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