How Black Hollywood Can Help Obama

The president has countless entertainers on his side. Will it matter on Election Day?

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This fact is clearly not lost on the Obama campaign. When asked specifically about instances in which celebrity supporters have significantly helped the campaign, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, the campaign's Youth Vote director, pointed to an event in North Carolina. She cited the Greater Together tour of HBCUs that kicked off at North Carolina Central University. According to Butterfield-Jones, there was a line around the block to enter the event, which was hosted by Gabrielle Union. The actress, she said, had everyone "truly fired up."

The verdict is still out on whether or not Union and other celebrities can fire up the same number of young voters in 2012 that they did in 2008. 

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