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Singer and shock celebrity Miley Cyrus is one of the top ten contenders for Time Person of the Year. Yes, you read right. Along with Bashar Assad, President of Syria; Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder; Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church; and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Cyrus is in the running.
Last year’s winner, President Barack Obama (who was also the 2008 pick) is once again on the list as is Edward Snowden, the infamous N.S.A. Leaker; gay rights activist Edith Windsor; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; and Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran.
Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs revealed the short list on the Today Show this morning. Obama is the only person who appeared on last year’s short list to also make this year’s. “His predecessor in the White House, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is the only person to receive the title three times,” reports Time.
In 1927, Time selected its first “Man of the Year” in 1927. Now called “Person Of The Year,” the honor goes to the person who Time’s editors think most influenced the news this year–for good or bad.
In a reader’s poll last week, Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, was selected as their Person of the Year. The Today Show is also hosting its own poll for the final candidates.
Time’s Person of the Year 2013 will be announced on the Today Show Wednesday morning.
Well, it took almost the entire year, but we were finally able to see President and Mrs. Obama in their first joint interview of 2013.
First of all, can we just discuss how without even speaking, you can see the love they have for one another? It’s clearly one that you don’t ever have to question, it’s right in your face. That’s one of the things people love about President and Mrs. Obama. Barbara Walters, who conducted the interview during a segment on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, acknowledged it and also asked if it ever gets a little more intense than these happy moments:
Both: Yeah. Absolutely. We’re married.
Mrs. Obama: We’ve been married for — I mean, we’re married. Do you go through the list of things that irritate us about each other?
President Obama: That’s the nature of marriage. You have to respect each other. You have to like each other. You have to be honest with each other. But it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. And there’s some work involved. And there should be work. And — there are gonna be tensions.
They also talked about their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and how they continue to try and make sure they have normal lives even though they’re in such a public view. If you can believe it, Malia, 15, is old enough to date! Walters asked if Malia actually dates but the Obamas quickly shut that question down:
Mrs. Obama: Oh we’re not gonna — we’re not gonna talk about that.
Pres. Obama: We’re not gonna put her business out there.
Mrs. Obama: She does what every — every normal teenager does. You know, we think about not just her life here, but her life after. Because she’s gotta be an independent, strong, smart, capable woman in the world. So, she has to get her training now.
Mrs. Obama added that in terms of social media, the girls are very limited in their usage. Because she’s older, Malia is allowed to use it some but Sasha, only 13, is not allowed to be on social media.
In terms of business, both President and Mrs. Obama say that his low approval ratings are part of the job and people won’t like everything he does. Now, Barbara took it further asking if he thought Mrs. Obama would have made a better President and based on Mrs. Obama’s semi-laugh and facial expressions, Barbara really tried it with that question. President Obama took the political route by saying she would have, but Mrs. Obama quickly refused that one:
Mrs. Obama: I absolutely don’t agree. You know, he has a level of patience and — and focus — and tenacity and calm, you know, that just doesn’t come by anyone. I definitely don’t have that patience.
Finally, one of the big questions is what will they do once his second term is over. Will Pres. Obama continue in politics?
Mrs. Obama: That’s a no.
Pres. Obama: I think it’s fair to say that I’ve run my last campaign. I won’t be in another elected office. Will I continue to care deeply about issues we are working on? Absolutely.
They both agree that where they will live will be decided, in large part, by what Sasha wants to do. Malia will be in college, but Sasha will only be a sophomore in high school so they want to make sure she’s good.
You can check out more of the interview here.
Ohhh, we’ve got a live one here, folks! Leave it to our sister site, Bossip to dig up AlfonZo Rachel (no, the capital “z” is not a typo – that’s how he writes his name) and his thoughts on Oprah Winfrey and her comments about racism.
Before we even get to that, it should be noted that Rachel describes himself as a “conservative” and a “republican” so perhaps many of his comments won’t come as a surprise. Yes, as you can see, he’s African-American.
Rachel posted a new video on the “ZoNation” show with his commentary regarding Oprah’s recent comments saying she believes a lot of the disrespect President Barack Obama receives from Congress occurs because he is African-American. While Winfrey has always been a supporter of President Obama, her very blunt comments about racism in the political world took many by surprise.
AlfonZo Rachel first lashed out by saying that Oprah was whining and asked, “How are a bunch of so called ‘racist’ white people making you rich while making Obama fail at the same time? And with all the white people you have as fans, there ain’t enough left over to make a problem for Obama.”
He continued by saying the race card is the card of the cowardly and by calling others racist, it protects them (the cowards) from admitting their failures. Further, he believes it is very racist to call white people racist and makes non-white people think they’re better than white people.
You’ve got to listen to Alfonzo Rachel’s point of view, including him saying that most of his hate mail comes from liberal Democrats and he “guesses” there are “some racist Republicans” but he’s never met them.
Does he have a point or is he just rambling?
There’s nothing like a man with a deep husky voice whispering sweet nothings in your ear. When it comes to these 15 famous men, they have voices that could melt butter and do a few other things we can’t talk about on MadameNoire.
Ladies fell in love with Idris Elba on HBO’s “The Wire.” Playing the second-in-command Stringer Bell, Elba’s character was killed off at the end of the third season of the hit show, much to the dismay of women everywhere. Already popular across the pond, the English actor saw his stock rise in the US thanks to HBO and he soon found work here on television and in film. Elba can currently be seen in Thor: Dark World and will play the iconic Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is expected to hit theaters at the end of November.
From Black Voices
Among today’s talented crop of actors, many don’t have the prestige to boast about their unique connection to both America’s first black president, Barack Obama, and also South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.
But if you’re Idris Elba, such bragging rights come with the territory as one of Hollywood’s leading black actors.
Later this month, the Golden Globe Award-winner will star as the famed South African leader in his highly-anticipated biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”The Weinstein Company release will top another successful year for the 41-year-old, who also took on the lead role in Toyota’s latest spy-themed advertising campaign, “Only the Name Remains,” and starred in the recently concluded season of BBC’s popular crime drama series, “Luther.”
And though he’s reluctant to address recent rumors regarding his love life, the transcontinental heart throb opened up to The Huffington Post about his latest roles, in addition to an update on his health.
How did you get involved with Toyota’s “Only the Name Remains” campaign?
That campaign was a very successful fruit of a relationship between myself and an advertising agency called Burrell. I’ve had a relationship with them and we’ve been trying to find the right sort of thing to do and this Toyota opportunity came by. They know I like cars and they knew that it would be a good fit for me in a campaign like that. So we sat down and talked about what the ideas were and before you know it we had this really great director that came on board and fleshed out the vision for it and the rest is history.
Were you inspired by any spy characters to portray the role?
No, not really. The inspiration was making the car look good and making the characters believable. That was the inspiration. I think the director’s inspiration was obviously the great spy movies, from “James Bond” to “Bourne,” all these films that have this sort of character. For me, I love to drive and some of those stunt sequences I did myself. So I was really excited to have that opportunity.
It’s ironic that you’re portraying a spy throughout the campaign, because it’s been rumored that you may very well go on to become the first black James Bond. Are there any updates on the role?
There’s no truth to that at all, brother. It’s a massive rumor. But, I don’t think that was intentional from my behalf, the whole spy, James Bond thing. The script and the storyline in the commercial was just so well presented that I wasn’t thinking about that rumor.
How did it feel to have President Obama host you at the White House for your Mandela screening?
I mean really, that was a great feeling. That was such a great moment for me to have the opportunity to present that film to the president. The president has oftentimes spoke very, very highly of Mr. Mandela and regards him as a friend and speaks of him fondly. So I felt very proud to play the character and be able to present it to Barack, who loves to watch films. And he has said to me in the past, “You’re one of my favorite actors.” Which is a great, great compliment.
Also, the fact that both of these men are so unique. Mr. Mandela was the first black president in South Africa and Obama being the first black president here, and somehow Idris Elba is connected between these two men. And that really does fill me with a lot of pride.
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It seems like Kanye West is running a how-many-times-can-I-put-my-foot-in-my-mouth-in-one-week marathon. Just yesterday we told you that the “Gold Digger” singer admitted to waiting through several of Kim Kardashian’s relationships to marry her. Now, he’s insisting that his reality TV star boo is more fashionably influential than Michelle Obama. His rant began with voiced concerns about Kim having never appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday,” Kanye said during an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
He went on to say that Kim is more influential in fashion than Mrs. Obama because Mrs. O could never tweet a bikini selfie like his girl, Kim.
“And collectively, we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day,” he continued.
“[Former French Vogue editor] CarineRoitfeld supports my girl. That’s a breakthrough,” he explained. “There’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through,” he added.
Oh Kanye, please get a clue.
Most of us who love and admire our President are fond of him in a nonsexual way. Then, there are others who straight up have the hots for him. Some would even go as far as to refer to him as a sex symbol, which is pretty hilarious when you think about it. But if you ask the FLOTUS what she thinks of the fact there are women willing to toss their panties at her husband, she says she totally gets it because her man has swag.
“He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the 49-year-old beauty told Rocsi Diaz during an episode of Entertainment Tonight.
She went on to say that her guy is a very lovable man, so it’s no surprise that the ladies are falling all over him.
“I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And who wouldn’t fall in love with that, you know?”
There’s nothing like a woman who’s secure with herself and her relationship. Plus, you know what they say, no woman really wants a man that nobody else wants. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the FLOTUS says she’s officially over her famous bangs.
“I’m like a girl, what’s next? The bangs are a day-by-day proposition. They’re starting to grow out, getting a little irritating, but it’s okay. It’s okay. We’ll be good.”
What do you think of people referring to President Obama as a sex symbol?
In case you were unaware of just how smooth your President is, here’s a reminder. While delivering a speech regarding technical difficulties impacting Healthcare.gov at the White House, President Obama quickly realized that there was a slight medical emergency going on right under his nose. As he addressed the issues, a pregnant woman standing behind him–who was later identified as Karmel Allison–began feeling faint and appeared to be losing her balance. Though onlookers appeared to notice Karmel’s plight, the didn’t act quickly enough. Luckily, President Obama sensed some sort of commotion going on behind him and quickly caught the woman, placing his arm behind her before she could fall.
“There you go. You’re okay. I got you. You’re okay. You’ll be okay,” President Obama reassured her before a staff member came out to help her.
“This is what happens when I talk too long,” he joked.
It turns out that Karmel has been suffering from diabetes since she was 9 years old. A couple of weeks prior to the President’s speech, she wrote a blog post titled, What Obamacare Feels Like To A Diabetic. An excerpt from that post reads:
“On October 1st, I went to my state’s ACA exchange, CoveredCA. I was mostly curious, and wanted to see what the plans and rates would be; even if I want to change my healthcare, I intend to give this whole Obamacare thing a few months to make sure Congress doesn’t knife it in the back right after I make a switch.
But, noncommittal as I was, I was floored by what I saw. I filled out the simple questionnaire on the website to see my options. They asked me about my age, my income, my family size. And that was it. No medical history. No “Do you have diabetes?” No “Are you more likely than average to get kidney disease and retinal disease and neuropathy?” No “Do you cost a fortune because of all the medication you need?” No “Have you already had cataract surgery because of this stupid disease?” Age, income, family size, and then I was presented with options. The same options my healthy-young-male husband sees. The same options every late-twenty-something sees.
It’s an amazing feeling. After almost two decades of feeling tied to a single option– an option I like and am extremely grateful for, but still a single option — I felt liberated. Even now, I get chills just thinking about that feeling of, “Hey, you’re just one of us now.” It’s incredible. It’s profoundly American, to feel like I have choices and the freedom to move.”
The blog entry quickly spread across the Internet, making its way from the American Diabetic Association to the White House staff. She was eventually invited to the White House.
Watch the video on page two.
While speaking out against the Obama Administration’s decision to sue the state of Louisiana over their school voucher system, former Single Ladies actress Stacey Dash announced that she’s writing an autobiography titled, Not Black Enough. In another Fox appearance, she also expressed regret over voting for President Obama in the 2008 elections.
On voting for Obama because he was Black:
“I didn’t know anything about [Obama] when I voted for him in 2008. My choice to do so was purely because he was black,” she told host Sean Hannity. “Naively, I thought he would be the right person for the job but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. Obama had the opportunity to really unite this country in such a profound way, but instead he has done the opposite. We are so divided right now, everything has become about race, more than I’ve ever known in my lifetime.”
On the Obama Administration’s decision to sue Louisiana over its controversial school voucher system:
“I’m saying deny a child education because of the color of their skin. That’s absurd. You know, the natural evolution of a well-educated populous is integration. And this is not political, it’s not theoretical, it’s not even partisan. It’s personal. You know, I was one of those children. I went to a failing school, and by the grace of God, my mother was able to put me into private school, and had she not, I would probably be in a gang or dead right now, because that was the road I was going down. So what they’re doing is immoral.”
On the Obama Administration:
“This administration is so out of touch with the very people that they say they want to help. It’s a disgrace.”
On her autobiography, Not Black Enough:
“[Kids who don't get an education] are left behind. That’s what I talk about in my book that I’m writing, ‘Not Black Enough,’ because that is a criticism I received my whole life and I don’t know what it means. It’s an autobiography about how my life applies to policies and politics of today. Education is the most important thing for a child.”
Responding to employees who were angered by the food store chain’s decision to drop health insurance for part-timers, Trader Joe’s has announced some changes it is making because of the Affordable Care Act. Now Trader Joe’s says it has invited workers who may face higher premiums on the Obamacare insurance exchanges to apply for additional subsidies from the company, according to a memo obtained by The Huffington Post.
This marks a change of heart for the grocer. Trader Joe’s had previous informed part-time employees that as of next year, they would no longer be eligible for company-sponsored health plans. “Although employees averaging 18 hours a week had traditionally qualified for the plan, workers with less than 30 hours a week learned they would be given a check for $500 and nudged into state-run insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act,” reports HuffPo.
Under the health care reform, companies with 50 or more full-time employees must offer coverage to workers working at least 30 hours a week or face penalties, though the Obama administration recently decided to delay that rule for a year.
“Trader Joe’s decision apparently infuriated its part-time employees, many of whom wrote to HuffPost describing the move as a betrayal by a company that had been seen as worker-friendly,” reports HuffPo.
The company argued in a follow-up memo to workers that it couldn’t match the deals to be found under Obamacare, especially when the subsidies for low-wage earners are considered. A memo from Laurie Mead, vice president of human resources, sent on September 13 said that it would consider increasing the subsidy beyond $500 to employees facing unique circumstances as they seek out coverage on the exchanges.
“We understand that special situations may arise, situations requiring additional careful consideration,” Mead wrote. “If the upcoming move to a healthcare exchange exacerbates the burden of an existing hardship for you or your family, we want to know about it. Depending on the situation, Trader Joe’s may provide additional money to you to help with your transition to a healthcare exchange.”
Eligible workers were told to submit a letter by Nov. 1 explaining their situation, along with the first page of their 2012 tax return and an estimate for their health care premium on the Obamacare exchanges.
The memo however, did not say how many workers would receive the grants or how much the company planned to spend on them.
What do you think of Trader Joe’s move?