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Fun Times! Michelle Obama To Appear On “Parks And Recreation”

February 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Have I told y’all how much I love Amy Poehler? She has a YouTube series which aims to encourage and inspire young girls, she’s hilarious (see: Baby Mama) and she seems like such a sweet spirit. I was late to the bandwagon and just started watching “Parks and Recreation” a couple of months ago. The show is awesome! There’s strong feminist rhetoric, the characters are all so lovable and diverse and the writing consistently has me shedding tears of laughter.

So I’m super pumped that two of my favorites are going to join forces.

According to letsmove.gov, First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special appearance on the season finale of the show which is set to air on Thursday, April 24.

Mrs. Obama’s scene in the upcoming episode was shot this month in Miami where she celebrated investments in healthier out-of-school programs as a part of the “Let’s Move” campaign.

Mrs. Obama won’t be the first real political figure to appear on the show’s government based sitcom. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, California Senator Barbara Boxer and Maine’s Senator Olympia Snowe have also taken part in the show’s filming.

If you’ve never seen the show, “Parks and Recreation,” which we true fans call “Parks and Rec,” follows the career of city councilwoman Leslie Knope, played by Poehler, in a small town called Pawnee, Indiana.

“Parks and Recreation” airs every Thursday at 9pm, 8c. There aren’t adequate words to describe my excitement, so I’ll allow Leslie to do it for me in the gif below:

Are you a fan of this show? Will you be watching the First Lady’s episode?

 

Will Ferrell Joins Michelle Obama For ‘Let’s Move” Focus Group To Teach Kids About Healthy Eating

February 26th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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In celebration of the fourth anniversary of her children’s health initiative, “Let’s Move,” Michelle Obama has been all over your screens.

And although some complained that the initiative was too intrusive (it reformed school lunch programs and encouraged young people to exercise), the program has been a success. The First Lady even got several major corporations to pledge to put more of an emphasis on fruits and veggies in their store chains, reports The Grio.

Continuing her fight against youth obesity, Obama partnered with Will Ferrell for a new, funny “Let’s Move” public service announcement.

The comedic short debuted on ABC’s Good Morning America and features Obama as the straight woman to a wacky Ferrell in conversation with a focus group of kids. The pair question the kids about healthy foods and eating habits. Ferrell learned that no, you cannot eat entire honey-baked hams.

Obama also appeared on The Tonight Show during Jimmy Fallon’s debut week as the late-night show’s new host. She talked about “Let’s Move” and encouraged young people who are prone to doing stupid things that get them hurt to sign up for health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act. The latest phase of “Let’s Move” is a promotional campaign to find out how “people are moving.”

“What we’re asking people to do is show us how you are moving,” Obama told Fallon. “And what we want people to do is Facebook it, Tweet it, Instagram it.”  She wants people to use the hashtag #letsmove. And she promised a surprise at the end of the campaign –the President and Vice President may show people how they move.

Obama also used the skit “Ew” at the top of the show to promote “Let’s Move” by telling the two “girls” (Ferrell and Fallon) that exercise is definitely not “ew.” Then, of course, the threesome danced.

Who knew Michelle Obama had such good comedic timing?!

For a bonus, in case ice skating is your preferred method of getting in shape, we have footage of the Olympic performance Will Ferrell didn’t get to do in Sochi below. Gold medal every day for Will Ferrell.

Watch Michelle Obama On The Tonight Show, Tap Into Her Inner Teenage Girl

February 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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After the success of her first appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show, where she boogied on down, it only makes sense that she would return to now that Jimmy’s hosting “The Tonight Show.”

She showed up to perform a skit with Jimmy Fallon and Will Farrell called “Ew!” In the skit Jimmy and Will play tween or teenage girls who think everything is gross. Be sure to watch Will Ferrell make out with a picture of himself while the First Lady of the United States is sitting next to him.

Comedy.

Then, she sat down with Fallon for an interview where she talked about the Affordable Care Act and her Let’s Move campaign.

Check out both videos below.

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The Affordable Care Act and “Let’s Move”

Dunkin’ On Dudes: Michelle Obama Balls With Miami Heat To Promote Healthy Living

January 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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How can you not love Michelle Obama?! The woman just seems so full of life. Last week, you may have stumbled across this picture of FLOTUS with the stars of the Miami Heat and their coach Eric Spoelstra ki-king while eating apples in the White House. I saw the photo and thought ‘What are they up to?” and “Ray Allen and Chris Bosh’s sock game is sick!”

Well today we learned a little bit of went down at the White House. The Heat were there participating in Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign promoting exercise and healthy eating.

While there they filmed a little promo for the campaign that features a trill Michelle Obama eating apples, a creepy Chris Bosh lurking over shoulders and the First Lady dunking on Lebron James. Don’t forget that Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson is a basketball coach, she’s not new to this. It’s nothing to a bawse baller. She even had the appropriate stank face to follow it.

Take a look at Michelle’s greatness in the video below.

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I Don’t Want To Dance, I’m Scared To Death: Why Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Album Is Just Bad Timing

August 8th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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Anybody else annoyed by FLOTUS Let’s Move campaign? Just me? Okay, I can live with that but before you go in on me, let me explain the way my bank account is set up…

Maybe I wouldn’t be as annoyed if I didn’t just come back from the neighborhood supermarket and been robbed out of 3 bucks for a bag of six lemons. Or had to put down that pack of chicken cutlets because it just wouldn’t fit into this week’s income. Or considered a box of processed mash potato chips because it would have been a lot cheaper than a bag of actual potatoes. According to the USDA website, the problem isn’t that I’m shopping at the wrong supermarket. In fact, most staple food items are expected to increase by 1.5 to as much as 2.5 percent in 2013 including poultry prices, which rose 1.4 percent in June (and are 5.5 percent above prices from last year); Fish and seafood prices increased 0.3 percent (and are 1.6 percent above the June 2012 level); citrus fruit seeing a price increase of 1.7 percent (and apples up as much as 6.7 percent), and last year at this time, fresh vegetable prices are up 1.8 percent, with predictions of vegetable price inflation to be 2.5 to 3.5 for 2013. As a member of what Danielle Belton of the Black Snob rightfully referred to as the Cobbler Class (you know, those among us who have to patchwork a bunch of low wage freelance, temp and part-time gig to make up for that ever evasive one stable job you spent all that money in college for), living today is not cheap.

So what does this have to do with the FLOTUS’ “Let’s Move!” program? Well, see what had happened was…

Earlier this week, The Let’s Move campaign announced its plans to release a hip hop album complete with 19 songs and 10 music videos. The album, set to be released late in September, will feature artists including Run DMC, Ashanti (well at least she’s working), Doug E. Fresh and Jordin Sparks, who will be singing the praises of exercise, healthy eating and why we as a country, need to stop being so fat. The first single, called “Everybody,” has a music video, which features Dr. Oz rapping (no, I’m for real) while Doug E. Fresh beat-boxes. According to published reports, the video and music videos will be distributed to school districts across the country and will be used to further the anti-obesity message of the campaign.

Mrs. Obama is reportedly happy about this and judging by the Let’s Move campaign official website, is drawing all sorts of correlations between the Let’s Move campaign and the decrease in obesity in 19 U.S. States and territories between 2008 and 2011, saying that “Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life.  We know how essential it is to set our youngest children on a path towards a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity, and the more than 10,000 childcare programs participating in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative are doing vitally important work on this front.”

Sure, obesity is down in some parts of America but maybe that has more to do with them being too hungry to move around? Okay, that’s a bit of a leap there but you have to admit that releasing an album and music videos about exercising and eating your vegetables comes off slightly unaware, especially at a time when many folks are facing some real financial difficulties and uncertainities in the country.

Morning Preciousness: FLOTUS Gets Down With Pre-K Class

May 27th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama kicked off her Memorial Day weekend with soul. On Friday, while most of us were sitting at the desk, waiting for the clock to strike five, Mrs. Obama visited Mrs. Lyons Pre-K class, in Washington, DC, for a “funky good time.”

While she was there she played “Freeze Dance” with the students as they danced along to James Brown’s “Doing It To Death.” You would think the kids would be a little hesitant to dance in front of the First Lady of the United States, but these kids, from Savoy Elementary School, were ready to shake something. The kids were singing along, hopping around, looking at Mrs. Obama for approval and encouragement, and one student did his version of “The Jerk” the entire time. In between dance moves, they looked at their teacher to know when to freeze.

Savoy Elementary was one of the eight schools in DC that participated in the President’s Turnaround Arts Initiative. The goal was for these once underperforming schools to use the arts to transform the culture, climate and academic success. Savoy, which used to be the lowest performing school in the district, is now improving with rising test scores, increased enrollment and higher teacher-student attendance.

The students, along with their teacher explained that they play Freeze Dance because it allows them to exercise, focus and have fun. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Check out the video of the students getting down on the next page.

Michelle Obama Knows How To Network For Her “Let’s Move!” Campaign

March 12th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Michelle Obama took to Twitter yesterday to take questions about her anti-obesity initiative “Let’s Move,” just one more way the First Lady has been out there promoting the program in recent weeks. Although some people used it as an opportunity to take shots at the President and the program, it was effective for getting the word out.

“Since 2009, Mrs. O has effectively used social media, especially Twitter, to promote her causes and reach people she might otherwise miss. But her husband’s opponents know how to use social media, too, to promote their causes and to bash the president through the first lady,” writes USA Today.

Still on tour to promote “Let’s Move! Active Schools,” which the White House hopes will be adopted by 50,000 U.S. schools, Michelle Obama held her first Google+ hangout last week.  And while the First Lady may appear to be having a lot of fun, dancing with kids and even “mom dancing” with NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon, it is also about business, reports TheGrio.  For the fitness movement, FLOTUS has partnered with a long list of corporate partners such as  Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Darden Restaurants, and Nike, which put up $50 million to support fitness programs including “Let’s Move! Active Schools,” which will be administered outside the White House.

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while her husband has been often accused of being anti-business, the First Lady has been able to forge strong relationship with businesses on the charity side of things. It is because being tied to the mega popular FLOTUS is also good for a corporation’s image.

Everyone is getting on the healthy food bandwagon — even fast food restaurants — because sales have increased. “As we’re seeing with companies, they’re going to look for what model are they going to make money on. And if they make money off of selling our kids chips and sodas, that’s what they’re going to do,” Michelle Obama said during her tour. “But if we demand convenient containers of healthy drinks that don’t have added sugars — that our kids enjoy but aren’t adding unnecessary calories or hidden calories — and if they make those products, then we have to buy them. And the more we buy them, the more we’ll generate demand, the more that will change the market. So I want to remind parents that we still have power in an open marketplace to set the agenda. We’re not powerless in this, but we have to lead with our pocketbooks and we have to show businesses that the healthier choice can be good business as well.”

Do you think healthier companies are more attractive? Are you “leading with your pocketbook?”

FLOTUS Food Frenzy: Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign Praised By Some, Criticized By Others

March 4th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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First Lady Michelle Obama speaking in Missouri last Thursday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaking in Missouri last Thursday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Although the First Lady’s anti-obesity campaign, Let’s Move, has prompted awareness of healthy eating issues, some are criticizing her approach. The campaign, which has celebrated its third anniversary, is the White House’s effort to fight obesity, especially in children. The latest stats indicate that about one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese.

According to a recent op-ed Michelle Obama wrote for the Wall Street Journal making the business case for healthy food, companies are making money off of health food. But some in the food industry have criticized the campaign as government intrusion, according to the Huffington Post.

“Conservatives accused Mrs. Obama of going too far and dictating what people should — and shouldn’t — eat after she played a major behind-the-scenes role in the passage in 2010 of a child nutrition law that required schools to make foods healthier,” reports HuffPo.  And some companies are complaining that healthier food costs more and thus doesn’t sell as well.

In her editorial, FLOTUS wrote, “Every day, great American companies are achieving greater and greater success by creating and selling healthy products. In doing so, they are showing that what’s good for kids and good for family budgets can also be good for business.”

Whole Foods, which sells  healthy offerings, has increased its sales at an annual average rate of 13 percent over the past five years, according to financial site, The Motley Fool. And, sales of organic foods grew by 9.5 percent in 2001, outpacing the traditional grocery industry, according to Business News Daily.

However, according to a New York Times investigation, major food companies boost their bottom line by making addictive and extremely unhealthy products.

Still, nutritionists applaud the effort. Larry Soler, president and chief executive of the Partnership for a Healthier America, told the news site that Mrs. Obama has “been the leader in making the case for the time is now in childhood obesity and everyone has a role to play in overcoming the problem.”

And the general public seems to welcome the influence. According to a recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, more than eight in 10 of those surveyed, 84 percent, support requiring more physical activity in schools, and 83 percent favor government providing people with nutritional guidelines and information about diet and exercise. Seventy percent are in favor of restaurants putting calorie counts on menus, and 75 percent consider being overweight or obese a serious problem in this country, according to the telephone survey of 1,011 adults.

More than that, Michelle Obama is a great spokesperson for the issue. Ever since her video with Jimmy Fallon went up a little over a week ago, “The Evolution of Mom Dance,” it has gotten over 14 million views. That video was to promote the Let’s Move campaign.

Adding criticism upon criticism, there are some that say the First Lady is making too many public appearances. Even if her Let’s Move work is justified, some were put off by her video appearance on the Oscars. She responded to that on the Today show on Friday.

“That’s just the nature of life,” the First Lady said about the criticism. Of course, she’s also gotten a lot of attention she didn’t ask for over her new bangs, an issue brought up during the interview as well.

According to HuffPo, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer and the site of that Today show interview, now not only includes nutritional labeling on its store brands  but has also pledged to cut sodium and added sugars by 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively, by 2015, and remove industrially produced trans fats. Leslie Dach, a Wal-Mart executive vice president, told HuffPo that sodium in packaged bread has been cut by 13 percent, and added sugar in refrigerated flavored milk, popular among kids, has been cut by more than 17 percent.

How successful do you think the Let’s Move program has been?

“At Any Point At A Given Time, Somebody’s Not Going To Like What You Do”: Michelle Obama Responds To Her Oscar Critics

March 1st, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Even though the Academy Awards were last Sunday, we’ve learned quite a bit throughout the week about the people nominated, involved with the show and who just happened to show up. For instance, who knew that there was all this Anne Hathaway hate? Seriously, what’s up with a “Hathahater”?? Also we learned that Jack Nicholson is a bit creepy when it comes to the young gyals (just ask new Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence). And of course, some people weren’t too pleased with seeing Michelle Obama at the show, presenting the Best Picture award at the end of the night for the Ben Affleck directed movie Argo.

An Iranian news agency wasn’t feeling her gorgeous gown, so they Photoshopped her dress to make her look more covered, but mostly, the usual bitter suspects didn’t think she should have presented at all (even if she wasn’t physically at the show) because she has nothing to do with Hollywood. One Conservative we saw on a morning show this week said her appearance made the White House look “small.”

Haters. All of them.

Anywho, while making press stops to get people enthusiastic about her Let’s Move Campaign, an initiative to combat childhood obesity, on Today she commented on all the critics who always seem to have something to say about every move she makes.

“That’s just the nature of life. I mean, we live in a time when there are bloggers and tweeters and 24-hour news and everyone has a voice in this town square, and it’s a big one. That means at any point at a given time, somebody’s not going to like what you do. That’s the nature of things. It’s not really about me. I just happen to be in the public eye and along with everybody else in the public eye, you’re subject to conversation, opinion and all that sort of stuff. There’s nothing new about that.”

That Michelle, always keeping it cool as a cucumber. And from checking out the comments to her response via E! News, I can tell most of the people griping about her showing up at the Oscars are the same people who gripe about her doing everything else. From the clothes she wears to the places she goes and just being fabulous and chilling in the White House with her husband for a second term that they clearly didn’t want to see happen. I’m glad that the FLOTUS realizes that somebody is ALWAYS going to have something to say, but while they waste time doing that, you just have to continue to do you. Boom! Take that “critics.”

That’s Our First Lady: Michelle Obama Hits Her Dougie on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

February 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Where were you the night First Lady Michelle Obama broke out into the dougie on national television?

On Friday night, Michelle Obama took to the talk show scene when she made her first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She was there to promote her “Let’s Move” initiative and before they sat down to talk, Mrs. Obama and Fallon (as a woman) performed a nifty number described as “The Evolution of Mom Dancing.” The dances ranged from “The Hip Bump to the “Just the hands part of the Single Ladies Dance” and finally, “the Dougie,” which “Mama Fallon” sat out because it was a bit too advanced for “her.”

After the dance performance, Mrs. Obama sat down with Fallon to discuss the strides they’ve made with the “Let’s Move” initiative, including Wal-Mart lowering prices on fruits and vegetables as well as the obesity rate of children in Mississippi being lowered by 13 percent since “Let’s Move” kicked off three years ago.

While Jimmy Fallon shared with Mrs. Obama his wishes to see a Clinton/Obama (Michelle, that is) presidential ticket in 2016, the First Lady said she has her own plans: to possibly take over as host of Jay Leno’s show whenever he decided it was time to retire.

For whatever some may think of President Obama, you’ve got to work really hard to dislike the First Lady – she’s just so likeable!

Check out “The Evolution of Mom Dancing” below!

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