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Pictures of Colin Powell at the Africa Rising Festival

Colin Powell Gets Down — and Could Be Ready to Endorse?

Glee. This pictures of Colin Powell getting down with his soberly respectable self fill me with utter glee. The former secretary of state hip-hopped on stage with the Nigerian group Olu Maintain at the Africa Rising Festival at the Royal Albert Hall last night. After proving a suit and tie is no match for the funkiness of his moves, he turned more serious. He said that his own black identity matters now more than ever, and told the audience that with work and foreign investment, Africa could start to succeed like Asia and Eastern Europe.

Powell said:

I stand before you tonight as an African-American. Many people have said to me you became secretary of state of the USA, is it still necessary to say that you are an African-American or that you are black, and I say, yes, so that we can remind our children. It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history. I didn't just drop out of the sky, people came from my continent in chains. . . .Asia is expanding, it created jobs for people, and Eastern Europeans are doing the same . . . it's now Africa's turn.

Christina and Seal were at the festival too, but Powell? Clearly the showstopper. Could he be ready for an encore? There are rumblings that he could be ready to endorse a candidate, and perhaps not the one from the party he served. Possible?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I dont know, its kind of embarassing to me to see him act like that.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
I mean, odd in the way that if he didn't officially endorse McCain, that alone be a big deal, ya know? That would be a huge "eff you" to the part that screwed him over!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
I don't think he'll come out and endorse anyone...but that's odd enough considering you'd assume he'd just endorse McCain...
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I love seeing normally serious people totally break loose. That is a great pic!I don't think an endorsement from him would really help Obama so much as it would be a small slap in the face to McCain.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I love seeing normally serious people totally break loose. That is a great pic! I don't think an endorsement from him would really help Obama so much as it would be a small slap in the face to McCain.
lorenashley lorenashley 7 years
:zzz:
lorenashley lorenashley 7 years
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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
Can't wait to hear who he endorses. He looks completely adorable here too.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
he's the ultimate role model for diplomacy so i can't see that he would really endorse someone this far out (yes i know that we're less than a month). he's been in a position to be running, and now that he's in a better place (thankfully for him i think) - he can really give us insight from a different perspective on who he feels should be the next pres.
tiabia tiabia 7 years
I'm curious to hear who he endorses. You never know, it could be McKinney for the win!?!
tiabia tiabia 7 years
Colin Powell actually did the commencement address at my high school graduation, and it was beyond enlightening and engaging!!!!:woohoo:
tiabia tiabia 7 years
Colin Powell actually did the commencement address at my high school graduation, and it was beyond enlightening and engaging!!!! :woohoo:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Oh Lord that looks like a snap shot of me in 30yrs. I can't really guess one way or the other who he'll endorse. I see reasons for him to endorse both of them.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Oh Lord that looks like a snap shot of me in 30yrs. I can't really guess one way or the other who he'll endorse. I see reasons for him to endorse both of them.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
If he does endorse a candidate, it'll be when he feels that the deal is sealed.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
hahaha that picture is hillarious I am on the floor!
laceykk23 laceykk23 7 years
i bet it will come sometime next week. on the huffington post someone said he wanted to wait til he heard more from the candidates, and i guess after the debates it seems likely.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
Very cute pic but .... now he wants to get down with the black people, and talk about Africa, well where the f**k were you Colin when you actually had power?
stephley stephley 7 years
It'd be funny if Powell endorsed Obama today, before the date. Talk about kicking someone in the you-know-what!
Woop Woop 7 years
LOL, I love these pics of Powell! Good choice for an av, TS!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Definitely possible. I'm looking forward to hearing his endorsement.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
I agree with you juju! I would not be surprised one bit if he endorses Obama. I love this picture for many reasons!
juju4 juju4 7 years
I really feel for the guy, as Bush and Cheney really threw him under the bus.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Love. It. There must be video somewhere, right?
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
Is it possible that he could endorse Obama? Why not..as possible as him endorsing the republican candidate. The way I look back at Colin Powell was it seemed like he was always pushed tot he side, ignored, ridiculed and left hanging in the wind by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. His tactics seem to line up more with Obama's foreign policy then McCain's.. so I don't know who he will endorse or what kind of effect it would have.
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