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Beyonce is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world so it comes as no surprise that she is also the subject of incredible speculation and some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous rumors. Though Queen Bey seems to take it all in stride, we couldn’t help but call out some of the most insane, off-the-wall and absolutely ludicrous whispers even a Beyhive hater wouldn’t believe. So without further adieu, her are the most ridiculous beyonce rumors to hit the web.
Living In The Last Days: Red Sox Player David Ortiz Snaps What Might Be The Last Presidential Selfie
Who knew selfies could get you into trouble with the government?!
During a visit to the White House, Red Sox player, David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, took a selfie with President Obama. What President Obama didn’t know is that Ortiz is a “social media insider” for Samsung. Reportedly, Ortiz was coached about the selfie prior to the visit. So when the snapshot went up, Samsung used it as a promotional tool on Twitter, noting that it was taken with a Galaxy Note 3.
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says President Obama’s lawyers got in touch with Samsung after receiving news Ortiz took the picture for their company. “As a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes. We object in this case,” WH Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference last week. Now the Big Papi selfie could be the last ever with President Obama.
Pfeiffer reports via The Business Insider:
“He obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this and, perhaps, maybe, this will be the end of all selfies. Whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, that’s a problem with the White House counsel.”
Carney has gone on to say that there’s “no discussion of a ban,” but Samsung has been contacted about the stunt. We haven’t seen any further comment about the selfie from Samsung on Twitter. But Farhad Manjoo, a NY Times tech columnist says whoever came up with the idea “deserves a raise” because it’s been “brilliantly successful.” The incident has been widely reported.
Do you think the White House is overreacting?
There are certain things you need to like in order to keep the peace and to keep people from coming at your head in my office. Say you haven’t seen Poetic Justice and it’s like someone saying they haven’t seen daylight: “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN POETIC JUSTICE!? You’re like 20 years late!” Same goes for certain famous folks. Stand up and say that someone’s show or new music is just okay and you’re immediately labeled a hater. It’s something we have comical debates about often (like today), and it’s how I came up with this short list of things you better watch or love unless you want to get embarrassed.
Note: This is all for fun by the way, no actual black cards were stolen in the making of this slideshow.
How can you miss a movie that literally came on UPN every other week and BET at least once a month? Not only is it an amazing film, but it’s always on. If you can’t quote at least one line from this joint (How about, “I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead before I let him beat me!), you better hurry up and play catch up.
While Shonda Rhimes provides a gripping look into the dark and twisted world of politics with her hit primetime TV show, “Scandal,” and draws us in with her engaging characters and compelling storylines, most Americans can shut off their televisions each Thursday night with the comfort of knowing that the majority of the insanity going on during the show is not happening at the White House. However, as it turns out, Chinese television viewers may have been led to believe that the political thriller is a “true reflection” of what’s happening in our nation’s capital. Thankfully, during a recent trip to the East Asian country, Michelle Obama was able to clear up some of those misconceptions.
The fashion-forward First Lady learned during a chat with Chinese outlet Caixin that Chinese TV viewers are addicted to a “certain American TV series about Washington politics,” and that many of them are “getting their primary impressions of the president and the first lady” from said series. While there are several TV shows out there that focus American politics, naturally, most assumed that “Scandal” was the show the interviewer was referencing. Lady O, however, made it clear that the White House is nothing like what you see on TV.
“I hate to disappoint people, but real life in the White House is nothing like what you see in that television show,” she explained. “In real life, everyone in the White House — my husband and I and every member of our extraordinary staff — is there for one reason: because we love our country and want to serve it.”
“And that’s what we focus on every day: how to give more Americans a chance to fulfill their dreams, to get a good education, get a good job to support their families, and so much more.”
Well put, Lady O. Well put.
One of the latest political/social issues to grab a lot of attention is the inequality gap. But the discussions often dance around the notion of how race affects the gap. In 1967, in throes of the Civil Rights movement the median household income was 43 percent higher for white, non-Hispanic households than for black households. Things have changed, but for the worse! In 2011, median white household income was 72 percent higher than median black household income, according to a Census report from that year.
The gap is even more glaring when you look at the median household wealth instead of yearly income, reports MSN. The Pew Research Center found that in 1984, the white-to-black wealth ratio was 12-to-1. It narrowed by 1995 when the median white income was 5-to-1 to black income. But incredibly, by 2009 the ratio shot up to a whopping 19-to-1.
Despite this, politicians are avoiding discussing race and the inequality gap. A new 204-page analysis of the federal War on Poverty, led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), barely mentions racial disparity. And remember Ryan recently said poverty is due in part to the fact that “inner cities” have a culture of “men not working,” a comment he ultimately called “inarticulate.”
While President Obama did note that “the painful legacy of discrimination means that African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans are far more likely to suffer from a lack of opportunity—higher unemployment, higher poverty rates” during a December 2013 address, it was just one line.
So why the deliberate avoidance of race? “I think it doesn’t make for good politics,” Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson says. “It’s messy and requires us to be deep and think about much bigger and more long-term solutions than Washington’s oftentimes willing to deal with.” But when taking about employment and home ownership it is hard to keep out the issue of race.
A recently study from Brandeis University found that the disparities in homeownership are a major driver of the racial wealth gap especially due to “redlining, discriminatory mortgage-lending practices and lack of access to credit.
And for those black families who finally owned homes, the Great Recession reversed the advancements, many losing their homes in foreclosure.
And when it comes to employment, black unemployment is still twice as high as white unemployment—a ratio that has been solid since the mid-1950s.
“The underlying narrative that many people share is that whatever inequities still exist, they’re due to the misbehavior or dysfunctional behavior of black folks themselves,” said William Darity Jr., the director of Duke University’s Consortium on Social Equity. “So there’s no reason to pay attention to racial disparities because one doesn’t believe they’re still significant, or there’s no need for public policy action by the government because it’s just a question of black folks changing their own behaviors.”
Even Obama often likes to stress personal responsibility when addressing the black community. His new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative emphasizes it in its effort to help young men of color.
Darity argues that self-perpetuating inequality will only be broken through wealth transfers.
“People’s behaviors are largely shaped by the resources they possess, and if their resources altered, than they might change their behaviors,” he said.
Barack Obama is arguably the funniest president ever. You may disagree with his policies, but you can’t deny his comedic timing! He’s definitely got the gift of the silver tongue and it’s helped him become a two-term president. Obama’s snappy comebacks — and even his hilarious facial expressions — never seem to disappoint when it comes to tickling America’s funny bone.
Even with all the BS happening in Congress, our President shows that he can still be lighthearted and full of laughs. From brushing his shoulders off (a la Jay Z) to explaining to a fourth-grader why people hate him, Obama has created numerous memorable moments that have left all of us chuckling.
He’s not always joking around. The image at left is a case in point. But he does know when to lighten up. “I laugh all the time,” Obama says, “…part of the way you survive the stress of the White House is being able to laugh.” Here’s a list of our favorite funny Obama moments.
Food nutrition labels haven’t changed in 20 years. But Michelle Obama sees a need for change.
As part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity initiative, Michelle Obama promoted a proposal for new nutrition labels for many popular foods. The goal is for the labels “to more accurately reflect what people actually eat,” reports The Huffington Post. On the new labels, calorie counts would be more prominent. And for the first time, labels will have to list any sugars added by manufacturers.
Take ice cream, for example. The serving size would increase from a half cup to a cup, meaning the calorie listing on the label would also double. More often than not, a person will eat a whole cup of ice cream rather than stop when there’s that big chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough staring them in the face. According to the Food and Drug Administration, serving sizes must, by law, be based on actual consumption, not some suggested servings.
“Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said the First Lady, who talked up the changes at the White House while celebrating the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. She also announced new Agriculture Department rules that would reduce the promotion of less-healthful foods in schools.
While the new labels will be less cluttered or, as FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, called them “a more user-friendly version,” don’t expect to see them at the grocery store any time soon.
It could take years. First, the FDA will review comments on the proposal for 90 days. A final rule could be a year away. Then, once finalized, the FDA has proposed allowing the industry two years to comply.
It is expected to cost food companies about $2 billion to revise labels make the new labels.
“The FDA offered two labels in its proposal — one that looks similar to the current version but is shorter and clearer and another that groups the nutrients into a ‘quick facts’ category for things like fat, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins,” reports the HuffPo.
The proposed labels will also include an “avoid too much” grouping for saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar, and a “get enough” category with vitamin D, potassium, calcium, iron and fiber. Most experts say Americans aren’t getting enough potassium and vitamin D while vitamin C and vitamin A listings are no longer necessary.
The most important change will be on serving sizes. With the new labels, both 12-ounce and 20-ounce sodas would be listed as one serving, and foods usually consumed in one sitting — such as a bag of chips, can of soup or frozen entree— would either be considered a single serving or would list nutrient data both by serving and by container.
Another big revision is the inclusion of added sugars. The Agriculture Department’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report that added sugars contribute an average of 16 percent of the total calories in U.S. diets, but they’re merely empty calories.
More people are reading labels. A new study by the Agriculture Department study said 42 percent of working adults always read or read most of the time in 2009 and 2010, an increase from 34 percent two years earlier.
Do you read nutrition labels?
There are times when you hear a rumor and instantly know that there’s some truth to it. There are other times when you hear a humor and wonder, “Where the heck did that come from?” The latest and most outrageous rumor to hit the Internet in a while is one that places Beyoncé and President Barack Obama in an adulterous affair.
The rumors supposedly began with French paparazzo, Pascal Rostain, who claimed that The Washington Post had big plans of publishing a full spread exposing the passionate affair sometime this week.
“You know, at this time, in the United States, there is something big that is happening,” Pascal revealed according to RumorFix. “It’ll go out tomorrow in The Washington Post — we can say that it is not the gutter press — an alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyoncé,”
“First, there are still or television images of the Obama couple becoming a little distant,” he reportedly explained. “It is legitimate to ask questions. We found the same thing, always through images, between [French President] Hollande and [his partner Valerie Trierweiler]. Afterwards, there was the rumor. Same for Obama and Beyonce, for example. Just because it’s a rumor doesn’t mean that one should not go in the field to check. We should not forget Marilyn [Monroe] or Monica Lewinsky.”
The alleged story, never ran. The allegations were so wild that we didn’t really expect anyone from Bey’s camp to even acknowledge them. But when RumorFix reached out to her reps, they surprisingly got a response—a slightly comical response, but a response nonetheless.
“Must be a very difficult thing to constantly ask absurd questions,” said the rep.
So yeah, Bey isn’t Olivia Pope-ing it up with President Obama.
‘You’re More Confident, You Know Yourself More:’ Michelle Obama Talks The Benefits Of Turning 50 And Valentine’s Day Plans
A few weeks ago Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday with a series of fun-filled activities. During a recent interview with E! the stunning mom of two opened up about life at 50, her fitness routine and what she and the POTUS have planned for Valentine’s Day. Check out her interview highlights below.
On turning 50:
“You’re more confident, you know yourself more, you’re not concerned about what other people think. And if you’ve taken care of your health, many times you can be in the best shape you’ve been in…You watch your kids grow up and I know, my girls, they’re starting to become real people with opinions and it’s just so much fun to talk to them now.”
On her workout routine:
“Barack and I work out together every single morning. I get up in the morning, usually either right before the kids go to school or right after, and I do about an hour and a half workout. I try to do 45 minutes of cardio and then whatever I’m doing that day.”
On their Valentine’s Day plans:
“This year, again, I’ve had this big birthday celebration—my husband really celebrated me so well—he did a great job. I had a great couple of weeks, so I think we’re going to low-key it for Valentine’s Day. We have been married for 21 years and he never forgets a Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday. He’s really good at that kind of stuff.”
On what she thinks of ‘Scandal:’
“I hadn’t watched it until this past vacation and we went to Hawaii…so [we] had a long flight [and] I watched all the seasons,” she shared. “I love Kerry Washington. She is amazing, so it makes the show fun.”
Gold star for Barack ! He’s the President of the United States and still never manages to miss important dates in his relationship? Kudos to him!
“Scandal” is one of those shows that sucks you in so much that when an episode concludes, you kind of have to give yourself a little shake and make a mental note that it’s all fiction. While she may be based on a real-life “fixer,” our beloved Olivia Pope is not a real person. For the most part, even the most devoted Gladiator realizes that while the overall theme of some of the stories illustrated on the show were pulled from actual headlines, a lot of the details and heart-pounding craziness comes strictly from the imaginations of Shonda Rhimes and those über talented writers that she has on staff.
According to The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer, President Obama and Mrs. O recently began watching the hit ABC drama. While it offers great entertainment, during a discussion about what he thought of the series, he expressed that it isn’t reflective of what’s really going down in the nation’s capital.
Well that’s relieving. I would probably run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they would not be too pleased to find out that Obama had real-life Olivia Pope that he was creeping off to see. Not to mention all of the other scandalous deeds that happen on the show. I’d love to hear Lady O’s take on the series though.