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See Which Surprise Guest Joined Michelle Obama During Her Carpool Karaoke

July 21st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Just yesterday, we reported about Michelle Obama teaming up with James Corden of “The Late Late Show” to participate in his most popular segment carpool karaoke. As you know, the segment features celebrities, and in this case, elected officials singing their favorite songs with Corden.

In the trailer, we saw the First Lady jam to her friend Beyoncé and our girl Missy Elliot.

Now that the actual full segment has been released. there’s also a surprise guest. See who it is.

Also during the segment, the First Lady explained why she joined Snapchat and her initiative “Let Girls Learn” which promotes female education across the world.

“I Do This For A Living” Tamron Hall Checks Scott Baio Over Support Of Donald Trump

July 20th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: MSNBC

Source: MSNBC

It is absolutely astounding the number of people who are willing to stand out and claim their allegiance for Republican nominee Donald Trump. One of those people is actor Scott Baio, best known for his role as Chichi Arcola in the popular series “Happy Days” and then the sitcom “Charles in Charge.”

I never thought much about Scott Baio but I am surprised and saddened to learn that he’s such an unprincipled man. Thankfully, MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall called him out and questioned him on a few things, throwing his hypocrisy back into his face, during the Republican National Convention.

First, she asked him about an image he tweeted. It featured Hillary Clinton standing in front of the word “Count.” Whether the image was real or doctored, Clinton was positioned directly in front of the “O” sending a very clear message. Baio captioned the image: “This may be the best meme out there. #NeverHillary @realDonaldTrump.”  

Baio has come out trying to assert himself and Trump as men with morals, wanting to make America great again and restore the country’s moral barometer.

Hall asked him, “Did you think about that in church when you tweeted it out?”

Baio: “That’s just offered up without commentary.”

Hall: “Yeah but you know what it meant when you tweeted it out.”

Baio: “I just put it up there.”

Hall: I guess I’m asking—you’re writing your speech in church —you talk about religion coming back to this country and us having a moral barometer. Where was your moral compass when you put a photo of a woman— who you disagree with politically, and that’s fine…

Baio: Tamron you can look at that any way you want…There’s no commentary attached to it. I didn’t call her anything. And the fact that you question my faith because I put up a picture is not nice.

Hall: Well, you question other people’s faith. When you say we need to bring back religion, implying that somehow the moral compass of people you don’t know is fake.

Then Hall presented Baio with an unflattering picture he tweeted of Michelle Obama, where he captioned it, “Wow, he wakes up to this every morning.”

Tamron challenged him on this as well. “Does joking about a woman that way make America great again?”

Baio said he jokes about women yelling at their husbands. It’s his sense of humor as a boy from Brooklyn.

Hall: “I agree with you we should all want to be better people, to teach our children to be better people. But I see how this may or may not affect our divisiveness—there are White people here, Black people here—when we tweet things out that are so ugly and then we say, ‘Oh it was a joke.’”

Baio: “That had nothing to do with race.”

Hall: “I didn’t say that.”

Baio: “Yeah you did, you said Black people and White people were being divisive.”

Hall: “I said we’re all here together. Let me tell you something, I do this for a living. You can’t chop my words up.”

Baio had to back down at that point.

You can watch the entire exchange in the video below.

First Lady Michelle Obama Jams To Old School Missy Elliot In The Latest Carpool Karaoke Trailer

July 20th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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After bearing witness to the Republican National Convention’s interesting start Monday night, I’m sure we can all agree that we need some #blackjoy. Holding us down until she gives up her reign as First Lady, Michelle Obama appears in this fun, dance-worthy Late Late Show teaser with James Corden.

Featured in his popular Carpool Karaoke segment, First Lady Michelle Obama hops in Corden’s car and opens up about how long it’s been since she’s driven since she became the First Lady in 2008. Aside from her personal life, Aunty Chelle spoke about Malia learning how to drive while  bumping to old school Missy Elliot and Beyoncé with Corden.

Check out FLOTUS’ lit dance moves, below, especially when Single Ladies drops and be sure to check out her Carpool Karaoke episode tomorrow night.

 

Janelle Monáe & Kendrick Lamar To Perform At The White House Fourth Of July Celebration

July 3rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: WENN

Photo Credit: WENN

Tomorrow is set to be a grand day filled with celebratory fun as the nation observes Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July. But it’s safe to say that the most popping event is going down in our nation’s capital.

According to PoliticoPresident Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have booked two of their favorite artists, Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe, to play the official White House Independence Day barbecue. The annual event located on the South Lawn, honors military heroes and their families. In addition, there will be a fireworks viewing where “white House staff and their families from throughout the administration will also attend,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed to reporters Friday.

 

Back in December, Obama divulged that Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly’s “How Much a Dollar Cost” was one of his favorite songs of 2015. The POTUS also invited Lamar to the Oval Office months later to promote the Pay It Forward program, which encourages the mentoring of inner city youth.

Monáe is also no stranger to the White House, having previously recorded a track for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” and attended an April summit to talk about criminal justice reform with various artists.

Needless to say, we’d all love to attend this Fourth of July bash, right?

Look Who’s On Snapchat!

June 21st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama Joins Snapchat!

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Snapchat used to be regarded as the app for horny teenagers looking to send each other nudes. And while I’m sure that’s still the case in some circles, (looking at you Yo Gotti), it’s becoming increasingly popular with the older crowd, myself included.

But today, the addition of one member has the internets talking.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined the app today, looking fabulous in the first image she uploaded.

In the first video of her story, FLOTUS told us it was going to be a busy day. The two young boys who created the Running Man Challenge performed it at the White House before they played a game of “5 Second Rule” with Mrs. Obama.

Then late night host James Corden announced that he would be filming another edition of Carpool Karaoke with FLOTUS.

This is what she’s already posted today. We’ll be excited to see what else she’s got going on. And while there’s a good chance this account will only be active during the rest of her tenure in the White House, I really hope she decides to keep it going after she leaves.

You can follow Mrs. Obama on Snapchat at MichelleObama.

Who Run The World? The Highlights From The United States Of Women Summit

June 15th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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The Highlights From The United States Of Women Summit

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Yesterday, in our nation’s capital, women took center stage as the White House hosted their first ever United States of Women Summit. Women like senior advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, actress Amy Poehler, actress Kerry Washington, Oprah and so many more converged at the summit to speak about everything women.

There were so many highlights from the all day event. And the White House even posted a video of the entire thing. But since many of us are at work and don’t have all that extra time, here are a few of the highlights.

First, our little favorite Mikaila Ulmer, the 11-year-old founder of “Me & the Bees Lemonade” spoke about dreams and entrepreneurship before she introduced President Obama. She offered a bit of advice for all of us. “Only a kid would think you could change the world with a lemonade stand…My advice to anyone who’s looking to start a business, Be Fearless, believe in the impossible and dream like a kid.”

When President Obama took the podium, he commended Mikaila saying:

“I was just told backstage, when she was asked to introduce me, there were some folks who were organizing this amazing event that said, is she going to feel a little nervous speaking in front of 5,000 people?  And so they asked her and she said, oh, no, I just spoke to 11,000 last week.  (Laughter and applause.)  So we were looking backstage — she was on her tippy-toes with her entrepreneurial self.  (Laughter.)”

The little girl is not only a bawse, she’s an inspiration.

As for President Obama, he started by letting the room know where he stands. “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like.” speaking about one of the most recent milestones in his life, watching his eldest daughter Malia Obama graduate from high school.

“Some of you may know that on Friday, my older daughter Malia graduated from high school.  (Applause.)  And I sat in the back and wore dark glasses.  (Laughter.)  And only cried once, but it was — I made this weird sound because I was choking back — (makes crying sound) — (laughter) — and people looked at me, people sitting in front of us turned back.  And then I suppressed it.  (Laughter.)  But I was thinking about how she is graduating at this extraordinary time for women in America.”

He went on to list the road we’ve traveled and how far we’ve come, including women’s college enrollment, the availability of birth control and how his Affordable Care Act has made birth control free. But he also talked about the progress we have yet to make, saying:

“We need equal pay for equal work.  (Applause.)  We need paid family and sick leave.  (Applause.)  We need affordable child care.  We’ve got to raise the minimum wage.  (Applause.)  If we’re truly a nation of family values, we wouldn’t put up with the fact that many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth.  (Applause.)  We should guarantee paid maternity leave and paid paternity leave, too.  That’s how you value families.  (Applause.)  That’s how employers retain great workers.  And it’s good for women — because when childcare falls disproportionately on mothers, as it often does, it makes it that much harder to advance in their careers.”

Then he got to the tougher work of changing our minds.

“We’re going to have to be honest with ourselves.  We’re going to have to change something else.  We’re going to have to change the way we see ourselves.  And this is happening already, but I want us to be more intentional about it.  I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but we’re still boxed in by stereotypes about how men and women should behave.

As the great Shirley Chisholm once said, “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begin when the doctor says, ‘It’s a girl.’”  (Applause.)  And that has consequences for all of us, whether we’re men or women, black, white, gay, straight, transgender or otherwise.

We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure, and our boys to be assertive; that criticizes our daughters for speaking out, and our sons for shedding a tear.

We need to change the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality but gives men a pat on the back for theirs.  (Applause.)  We need to change an Internet where women are routinely harassed and threatened when they go online.

We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, penalizes working moms.  (Applause.)
We need to keep changing the attitude that prioritizes being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace — unless you’re a woman.  (Applause.)

He made a point to speak to the girls and women of color.

“We need to keep changing a culture that shines a particularly unforgiving light on women and girls of color.  (Applause.)  About how they look, about how they feel, about what they should or should not do.  (Applause.)  Michelle will talk about this in a little bit.  She’s talked about this.  Despite her extraordinary achievements and success, the fact that she is — she is an American original, she is unique, but she still had times where she’s had doubts, where she’s had to worry whether she was acting the right way or looking the right way, or whether she was being too assertive or too angry.  You remember that?”

I particularly enjoyed the moment where he shouted out Harriet Tubman being placed on the new money and other Black women who’ve shaped our country.

But our country is not just all about the Benjamins — it’s about the Tubmans, too.  (Applause.)  We need all our young people to know that Clara Barton and Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth and Eleanor Roosevelt and Dorothy Height, those aren’t just for Women’s History Month.  They’re the authors of our history, women who shaped their destiny.  They need to know that.  (Applause.)

You can watch President Obama’s full speech in the video below.

As President Obama mentioned in the opening remarks of his speech, most of the attendees were there to see Michelle and Oprah. The two women sat down for a nearly 45 minute interview. Oprah started the conversation asking about the importance of loving yourself and the pressure of living up to other’s people’s expectations.

“One of the things that I always tell my mentees, I tell my daughters is that our first job in life as women, I think, is to get to know ourselves. And a lot of times, we don’t do that. We spend our time pleasing, satisfying, looking out into the world to define who we are, listening to the messages, the images, the limited definitions that people have of who we are. And that’s true for women of color, for sure. There’s a limited box that we are put in and if we live by that limited definition, we miss out on a lot of who we are…So for me, I came into this with a pretty clear sense of myself. So when I hear the smack talking from outside the world, it’s easy to sort of brush that off because I know who I am.”

Later she said,

“I knew that I would have to define this role, very uniquely and specifically to me and who I was. So I came in thinking about who I wanted to be in this position and who I needed to be for my girls first of all. You remember, Malia and Sasha were little, itty bitties, when we came into office.  It still moves me to tears to think about the first day I put them in the car, with their secret service agents, to go to their first day of school. And I saw them leaving and I thought, ‘What on earth am I doing to these babies?’ So I knew right then and there my first job was to make sure that they were going to be whole and normal and cared for in the midst of all this craziness. And then I started to understand that if I was going to protect them, I had to number one protect myself and protect my time…One of the things I realized is that if you do not take control of your time and your life, other people will gobble it up.”

When Oprah said she’s never heard men say ‘I just don’t have the time,’ Michelle responded, ‘You know why? Because they don’t have to balance anything. Sorry. I hope that that is changing but so many men don’t have to do it all.”

To that point, later in the conversation Mrs. Obama offered some advice to men: Be better.

“Be better at everything. Be better fathers,” she said during a conversation with one-time talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. “Just being good fathers who love your daughters and are providing a solid example of what it means to be a good man in the world. That is the greatest gift that the men in my life gave to me…”Be engaged. Don’t just think going to work and coming home makes you a man. Be better. Just be better. I could go on, but I’m not. You get the point, fellas.”

She also spoke about the advantage of having good parents but offered some words of encouragement for those who didn’t have them.

“But if you don’t have that parent, that mother, that father, then you got to find it. They’re out there. There is somebody out there who loves you and is waiting to love you. And that means you have to make room for them. And if you’re surrounded by a bunch of low life folks who aren’t supporting you, then there is no room for people that do love you.”

You can watch the full interview in the video below. It’s chock full of gems.

On The Upcoming United State Of Women Summit And Michelle Obama’s Legacy As First Lady

June 8th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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“…I wake up in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters – two beautiful, Black young women – head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the President of the United States, the son of a man from Kenya who came here to America for the same reasons as many of you: to get an education and improve his prospects in life.” – Michelle Obama

Fresh off the heels of her resounding City College of New York (CUNY) commencement speech to the graduating Class of 2016, Michelle Obama, a.k.a., Keeper Of All Things Real, is preparing for yet another triumphant feat in her lasting legacy as First Lady: the United State of Women Summit.  Taking place on June 14 in Washington, D.C., attendees of the Summit, designed to address gender equality issues and push much-needed action for women and girls forward include Oprah Winfrey, Valerie Jarrett, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Cynthia Erivo, Adepero Aduye and Jessica Williams, to name a few.

The United State of Women Summit will include a series of solution seminars in the following categories: education, economic opportunity, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, violence against women, health, and other critical issues. Discussions will cover how women can achieve pay equity as well as equity and opportunity in media, STEM access, creating socially impactful innovations, growing women-owned businesses and much, much more.

Though the summit is only a day in length, it is much needed and will no doubt lay the agenda for setting initiatives, programs, bills, and a host of lasting, positive changes in motion that will aid girls and women in this country and throughout other parts of the world.  It is also a collective effort that encourages people to either make or choose a pledge that will advance and change the #StateofWomen everywhere.  If you’re not able to attend in person, you can live stream the Summit and be a part of the change.

In addition to the newly formed White House Council on Women and Girls, the United State of Women Summit is in small part an answer to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, which has largely been criticized for excluding girls and women of color.  While the Summit does not focus solely on girls and women of color (and we undoubtedly need more programs that do), diversity and inclusion are crucial elements.  And who better than the First Lady to speak on diversity and inclusion?  She’ll have a sit-down with Oprah to talk about challenges they’ve faced and overcome, as well as progress that women have achieved in their lifetimes.  These are two of the most influential, powerful, trailblazing women in the world; cultural icons who’ve made individual and collective gains that have defied stereotypes about Black women and pushed past the perceived limitations others put on them, limitations that sought to keep them down or tear them apart.  My only wish is that this Sumnit, the first of its kind, happened sooner.  But I know that it would not have happened without Lady Obama’s invaluable insight and input.  There’s a reason that this Summit is happening now, after all the groundwork she has laid and all that she has accomplished.

During her two terms in the White House, Michelle Obama set the Let’s Move campaign to combat childhood obesity in motion.  She also spearheaded Joining Forces, which supports service women and men, Reach Higher, which encourages young students to attain education past high school, and lastly, Let Girls Learn, aimed at getting girls worldwide the education they deserve.  The State of Women Summit is like a parting gift from a First Lady whose initiatives, passion and commitment have been unparalleled.  As some of us prepare to face Obama White House withdrawal, I’m grateful that Michelle Obama, with her unapologetic, feminist, fashionista, show-stopping self, is going out with a bang and continuing to help girls and women in the process.  What an inspiring, hopeful and triumphant moment in a presidential election year where, for the first time in history, a woman has clinched the Democratic nomination.

Michelle Obama Essentially Raises A Black Power Fist During Last Commencement Speech As First Lady

June 3rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: NBC

Source: NBC

I know I can’t be the only one waiting for the Obamas to do undeniably Black things in their last few months in office. And while I often wish they would push the envelope a little bit farther, there have been glimmers of those moments. Like when President Obama laughed knowingly before shaking up with comedian Larry Wilmore after he said the n-word. Or President Obama commuting the sentences of 61 non-violent offenders, many of whom were people of color. Or the meeting he took with Black Lives Matter. There was also the invitation of 106-year-old Virgina McLaurin to the White House, where she danced with the first couple.

And today, our first lady, Michelle Obama did something similar in her last commencement speech as FLOTUS.

Mrs. Obama spoke at City College today, evoking the relevancy of the American dream.

“It’s the story that I witness every single day, when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, Black, young women, head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the President of the United States. The son of a man from Kenya who came here to America, for the same reasons as many of you, to get an education and improve his prospects in life.

So, graduates while I think it’s fair to say that our founding fathers never could have imagined this day, all of you are very much the fruits of their vision. Their legacy is very much your legacy and your inheritance. And don’t let anybody tell you differently. You are the living, breathing proof that the American Dream endures in our time. It’s you.”

There’s only one response to that.

You can watch Mrs. Obama’s full commencement speech in the video below.

A Look At The Many Dresses Of Michelle Obama At The White House Correspondents Dinner Over The Years

May 2nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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One of the things that’s always talked about as much as the jokes delivered at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner is what the First Lady is wearing. For the past eight years we’ve been lucky enough to watch a strikingly regal African American woman be on the receiving end of that attention, and year after year Michelle Obama’s steps her style game up even more than the dinner prior. Given that Saturday’s event marked the last time we’ll see President Barack Obama and the FLOTUS as the guests of honor at the White House Correspondents Dinner, we thought it was time to take a stroll through Mrs. Obama’s looks over the years and how her slayage got better and better with time.

The Funniest And Most Provocative Moments From President Obama’s Final WHCD

May 2nd, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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On Saturday, April 30, President Obama delivered his 8th and final White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech.  As always, his remarks were filled with smart jokes, clever political jabs and, for the first time, a mic drop to end all mic drops.

Following President Obama was no easy feat, but ‘twas comedian and the host of The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore’s job for the night.  If you haven’t already heard, one Wilmore comment, in particular, left many folks, shall we say, less than thrilled.  Here are the top moments from President Obama’s last WHCD.

Image Source: AP/Susan Walsh

Image Source: AP/Susan Walsh

You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone

After his brief introduction, President Obama walked up to the podium with the song “When I’m Gone” playing in the background.  “You can’t say it, but you know it’s true,” joked the President, reflecting on the song’s lyrics. “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”  It’s definitely true.  You will be missed, Mr. President!