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Michelle Obama inspires us from our living room or our television screens. So it comes as no surprise that meeting her in person might just change your life. That’s what happened with “The Real” host Tamar Braxton when she sat down with FLOTUS for a special episode where the co-hosts made their way to the White House.
By the time Braxton left the building, she decided she was ready for a life altering change. She posted this message on her Instagram.
If you have been inspired like Tamar or have been making plans to go back to school for a while now, here are some things you need to know.
It’s scary for everybody
Whether you’re entering college as a pimply faced 17-year-old or a the 57-year-old who has college aged kids of her own, going to school for the first time or returning is often a daunting task. But that should never keep you from accomplishing your goals. The point is to know that you’re not alone in your fear. But the desire for knowledge and self improvement should be greater than the doubts in your head.
Hone your focus
One advantage you might have over the younger students, as you return to college–or go for the first time– is that you might have already experienced all the partying that will enthrall and entrap the young ones. I’m not saying don’t turn up or get it poppin’, but remember why you came. Make sure you’re majoring in something you actually enjoy and will utilize once you leave school so you don’t waste time or money.
Your real world experiences can work for you
The experience you have in “the real world,” in the workforce, with varying personality types are all tools you can use while working toward your degree. As the saying goes, nothing from your life will be wasted. Use your experiences to not only give you a leg up in academia but also as a way to help other students who may not have had those same experiences.
Don’t be scared to ask for help
Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you know everything. No one does. And as much as we all know and understand this universal fact, it can be difficult to humble yourself when you’re the one who doesn’t know something. But now is not the time for pride to take over, love. Put it to the side. Remember the ultimate goal is graduating. Let nothing stand in the way of that. When you cross that stage, then you can let pride cook for a little bit.
Know what you want your degree to do for you
Do you want to earn your degree just to prove that you can do it and then go back to the status quo once you’ve crossed that stage? Do you want to completely change your career path or just pick up a few more skills so there is more opportunity for advancement? Whatever your goal, be very clear about it when you enter. Things might change along the way but then you should shift accordingly. The point is, if you go in unsure, it’s easy to look at all the money you’re spending, the difficulties and all the effort you’re exerting and become discouraged. Be clear with yourself about why you’re there.
Those of you who have returned to school as an adult, chime in! What lessons or pieces of advice would you give to those trying to get their education at a later age?
It’s been quite some time since we heard that Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers would take on the roles of Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, before they were recognized as the powerful First Couple that we know and love today.
Finally, a first look of Southside With You has been released and it looks too good to miss! Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the film chronicles the early courtship of the dynamic duo before Sasha and Malia were a thought and American would welcome its first African American First Family.
In the teaser clip we see a young Barack working as a summer associate at a law firm on the South Side of Chicago muster up the confidence to ask then young attorney Michelle out on a date.
“I was only ever looking to tell the story of the first date. And I think that, in order to just capture that moment in time, it was important to take into account everything in their lives only up until that point. Because to consider the events that came after would almost be somehow winking or nodding at what was to come. And I just wanted to make this about that one moment in time,” Tanne told Yahoo Movies.
Southside with You premieres at Sundance Film Festival Sunday, Jan. 24.
Apparently, folks have been wondering whether or not First Lady Michelle Obama will be taking a page out of Hillary Clinton’s book by running for president in a few years. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s probably not going to happen. President Obama made this crystal clear while at a town hall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday.
“No!” the president exclaimed, according to The Hill. “No, no, no.”
“Let me tell you, there are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Michelle is not running for president,” he added. “That I can tell you.”
He did, however, promise that Lady O will be a very active former first lady.
“The work she has done around reducing childhood obesity, the work she and Jill Biden have done on military families … I could not be prouder of her, and she is going to be very active as an ex-first lady,” Obama said.
He will be quite busy as well. During the chat, he suggested that he would focus on young people, the promotion of math and science education, helping developing countries, and criminal-justice reform.
“We’re going to have a busy agenda, but we’re not over-thinking that right now,” Obama said. “Because we have a lot to do between now and next year.”
Anyone else sad to see them go?
I don’t have to tell y’all that Michelle Williams is always the butt of someone’s joke. Usually, it’s some internet comments, a Tumblr page, or the occasional troll. But recently, a whole network, MTV specifically, by way of artist Saint Hoax, came through with a little jokey joke.
Usually I find the Poor Michelle jokes unnecessarily cruel.
But this one, gave me a chuckle.
So, how did the real Michelle…Williams take it?
Though she is no stranger to the clapback, she had to laugh at this one.
She reposted the picture on her Instagram and wrote:
“You guys play waaaaaaaay too much! I see the pettiness crept into 2016!!! Only because it’s the one and only @michelleobama will I even entertain this!!! This is a good one that I must laugh at!!!”
She’s since deleted the image and made her page private but we’re happy she was able to laugh at this one. If you’re going to be compared to another Michelle, Mrs. Obama is thee one.
Did we ever mention how much we’re going to miss The Obama’s in the White House? For many reasons, of course, but specifically for the flyness that is First Lady Michelle Obama.
Reason #48573: FLOTUS has teamed up with CollegeHumor to create a music video encouraging teens to go to college, regardless of their career path, and MC Michelle even has her own verse on the song.
“Southside Chicago, we all know, we had to do overtime every night to make it tomorrow,” Obama raps as a throwback graduation photo of her appears next to her recording the song. “And everyone could really make their dream true. Hey, kid listenin’ in Michigan that could be you!”
That’s her only solo verse, but Michelle also sings on the chorus: “go to college” and “fill your head with knowledge,” while dancing on the White House lawn and belting out rhymes in a makeshift recording studio set up inside of her home.
Not to be outdone by one of the most recognizable women in the world is Saturday Night Live actor Jay Pharaoh (who often impersonates President Barack Obama in his skits) who rhymes and dances all over the White House grounds.
According to a statement from the Office of the First Lady, the music video collaboration is in support of Mrs. Obama’s Better Make Room public awareness campaign, which launched last month as part of her Reach Higher initiative.
“This campaign is leveraging traditional and new media platforms to celebrate student stories in the same way that we often celebrate celebrities and athletes,” the statement reads. “Better Make Room strives to ensure that Generation Z, or young people 14-19, understand the steps, tools, and resources available to help them Reach Higher.”
Boy, oh boy, has she grown up right before our eyes. Yesterday she was the little girl bouncing around the halls of the White House with her sister, Sasha, and mom and dad, Michelle and Barack Obama. But Malia Obama has certainly matured into a poised and beautiful young lady who will soon be making a decision on which college she will attend. She is considering such top-tier universities as Harvard, Yale, NYU, Brown and many more. Though we’re all feeling exceptionally old at the minute, we couldn’t be happier for the eldest Obama daughter and thought it only right to celebrate Malia via a gallery of her best (and cutest) moments through the years.
In the latest installment of “let’s blame women for the alleged emasculation of men” comes a Change.org petition accusing First Lady Michelle Obama of rooting for the disenfranchisement of young men.
According to petition creator and A Voice for Men advocate and men’s rights activist Howard Goldman, the FLOTUS is guilty of ignoring the plight of the 32 million uneducated boys. Instead, she champions the causes of girls, even to the point of encouraging them to do better than their male counterparts.
To help illustrate his point, he uses a picture of a boy in famine scraping for crumbs on the ground. He also makes reference to the First Lady’s 2014 tweet in support of the “Bring Back Our Girls” hashtag campaign.
When Boko Haram kidnapped girls from schools to deny them an education you spoke out and condemned the kidnappers. You campaigned for the girls release and demanded they “bring back our girls”. When Boko Haram allowed girls to go home but locked the boys in the school and burned them alive, or shot and beat them to death if they escaped, you kept silent. When boys were kidnapped, you still said nothing. There was no condemnation. No anger. Nothing. Why is it when boys are the targets of violence you show zero compassion?
Goldman also has objected to the First Lady’s recent comments, made in front of about 1000 young girls, in support of the USAID “Let Girls Learn” campaign.
In particular, he writes:
A recent statement that you made in front of girls and young women was that they should “beat the boys” in education. This is the kind of mentality that belongs on a football field, rooting for your school. A First Lady shouldn’t be rooting for winners and losers when it comes to a country’s education. It is despicable that you would root for boys to lose when it comes to education. Shouldn’t we provide encouragement for all students? Shouldn’t boys be encouraged to do their best and shouldn’t we hope everyone succeeds? Boys are increasingly failing and dropping out. Boys are currently just over 1/3 of students in college. They are already losing, yet you are rooting for them to do even worse and are telling boys that you hope they lose. Girls should win. Despite the huge gender gap on campuses, there is still scholarships for women only. Special mentor-ship programs for girls only. When boys do excel, like in STEM, you and the administration aren’t happy and advocate that more boys lose and push for girls to win there too with special privileges for them. When have you ever spoken to boys and encouraged them to compete and “beat the girls”? No one would ever condone that. As such, no one should condone telling boys that society is rooting for them to lose to girls.
Goldman ends his rabble rousing by urging the First Lady to stop her “blatant sexism” and show a little compassion for the boys. He also says, “Women’s rights and feminism shouldn’t need to make sure male victims are ignored and shouldn’t tell boys they hope girls beat them. Yes, promoting that girls do their best and become educated is a noble cause, but not at the expense of boys. All children deserve an education and no child deserves to be rooted against.”
So far, the petition, which has been CC’d to President Obama, has 320 of the 500 signatures it is seeking. Once it has reached its goal, I am assuming that it will be packaged up in a hermetically sealed container and shipped out to First Lady Obama on a sea of salty male tears.
Seriously though, what a cry baby.
For one, I find the idea that this administration has not considered the welfare of boys extremely laughable. Have we forgotten about President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative? The program, according to the White House’s website, that is aimed at addressing “persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential”?
In fact, the program has a clear agenda: to support uneducated boys. That includes the creation of a foundation, which as written on the website states:
The foundations supporting today’s call to action have already made extensive investments, including $150 million in current spending that they have already approved or awarded. Building on that, today these foundations are announcing that over the next five years they seek to invest at least $200 million, alongside additional investments from their peers in philanthropy and the business community, to find and rapidly spread solutions that have the highest potential for impact in key areas, including: early child development and school readiness, parenting and parent engagement, 3rd grade literacy, educational opportunity and school discipline reform, interactions with the criminal justice system ladders to jobs and economic opportunity and healthy families and communities.
What it doesn’t have is a plan to teach young men to respect women, including funding towards domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. But that is an essay for another day.
But what do you think? Is Michelle Obama ignoring the plight of young men while encouraging their emasculation? I ask this question facetiously because I think we all know the answer to this one.
Chile, people love to say that Michelle Obama was down for Barack when he had nothing. They reference the worn soles of his shoes and the hole in the bottom of his car and take that to mean that he came to her as a pauper and she was patient and understanding and waited for him to climb the ranks to President of these United States.
The message is that if it worked for our beloved President and First Lady, then “regular” women should be willing to work with a man with potential because it’ll pay off in the end.
In celebration of the first couple’s wedding anniversary, earlier this week, one man created this meme.
Ladies: He might not have it all right now, but be faithful, stick by his side and one day he'll give you the world pic.twitter.com/tawDJOD7vX
— The Jo Johnson™ (@itsTheJoJohnson) October 3, 2015
And while I’m sure this “betting on potential” has worked for some people, somewhere, somehow, potential doesn’t often amount to a whole lot. We all have potential to be or do something. The difference is, do you have ambition to match? Are you moving, shaking, hustling and grinding to do something with your gifts?
For a lot of people, men and women alike, the answer is, sadly, no.
But that wasn’t the case when our First Lady met President Obama.
When she met him, she had already given herself the world. She worked hard to earn a spot at Princeton and then graduated to work at a law firm, where she was his boss. He was her intern. Perhaps because she was his superior, people seem to think Barack came to her busted and disgusted and she took a gamble on a man who seemed like he “might could” be something one day.
When she met him he’d graduated from Columbia. And was in law school at Harvard. Then, a year later, he served as the President of the Harvard Law Review, the first Black person- male of female- to do so. When you consider this, it’s not that much of a stretch to consider he could duplicate the feat with the Presidency of the United States. But even more importantly, there was the work he was doing for the community. I don’t want to gloss over that. It’s important. This wasn’t a man who was just after titles and prestige, he was willing to give back.
That’s much more than potential baby, that’s a man who’s put in the work.
And thankfully, several people on social media were ready and willing to let this brotha know that it was deeper than standing by your man when he has nothing, hoping that one day he’ll have everything and be gracious enough to share it with you.
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) October 6, 2015
@itsTheJoJohnson Your wording took all of her hard work and success on her own away from her, & implied that her husband GAVE her all that.
— That Girl (@Guarded_Dreams) October 6, 2015
Then activist Shaun King took it to Facebook to make it plain.
The creator of the original meme explained that this wasn’t his intention and peace was restored in the kingdom that is Black Twitter.
I don’t know what the original tweeter had in mind. But I do know that there are tons of people in this world, particularly in the Black community, who think that Michelle had to sacrifice, struggle and wait for President Obama to get himself together. Nah. Hopefully now, people will have a better, more realistic understanding of the first couple’s story: they each had plenty to bring to the table. The rest, as they say, is history.
Michelle Obama: There Is No Boy Cute Enough Or Interesting Enough To Stop You From Getting Your Education
Michelle Obama is the realest. It’s one of the things we love most about her. Whether she’s standing in front of dignitaries or speaking to a room full of kindergartners, she seems to be authentic.
And last night, when the First Lady was speaking to a group of girls at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for the “Let Girls Learn” event, she brought that same honesty.
“Let Girls Learn” is an initiative to empower girls and women through education. The campaign keeps referencing the number 62 million. It’s the number of girls, around the world, who are not able to receive an education.
In speaking to the young ladies, she reminded them about the importance of focus. She advised the girls in attendance what our mothers and grandmothers have been saying to us for years: books before boys.
“There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education.”
Then she continued,
“If I had worried about who liked me or who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States today.”
And then she pretended to drop the mic.
As much as this was a message many young girls needed to hear, it was also one for the more seasoned ladies among us as well. You can appreciate a man and he can appreciate you so much more after you’ve cultivated, developed and improved yourself. Whether that development comes in the form of education, pursuit of goals or just becoming a better human being, relationships are so much better when each person is fulfilled and at least working toward self actualization.
Thank you for that prophetic word First Lady.
Later, she spoke about why this cause, education for girls, is so close to her heart.
“For me, this is personal. When I think about those 62 million girls that aren’t in school, I think about myself. I think about my daughters; because quite frankly, all these girls, these are our girls. And I think about where I would be in my life if I didn’t work hard in school and have the opportunity to go to college and then on to law school, I wouldn’t be here. So I think it’s imperative and it is a part of my passion and my mission to make sure that every girl on the planet has the same opportunity that I’ve had, that my daughters have. And I want to make sure that all of you, here in the United States, are taking advantage of all the opportunities that you have as well. I want you to be that hungry to get your education because it is going to be the key to your future.”
You’ve got to love her.
Honestly, watching clips like this one are bittersweet. I’m reminded that the Obamas are going to be leaving the White House soon. And I’ll just miss seeing those Black faces in positions of power.
Take a look at the clip below.
While briefly perusing social media this past weekend, I ran across a meme with a side-by-side image of President Obama and Michelle at the China State Dinner at the White House on Friday. Next to them, there was a picture of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife, Candy. The caption for the meme? A parody of the hilarious “Don’t be like ___ me” DirecTV commercials:
“Hi, I’m President Barack Obama, and I have DirecTV.”
And in contrast:
“Hi, I’m presidential candidate Ben Carson, and I have cable.”
To me, I thought the images were put together to show off how awesome (and fly) our president and the First Lady are in comparison to the controversial and swag-deprived Carson and his wife. But as I would find out this morning, the meme was created to poke fun at the looks of Carson’s wife. While Michelle looked radiant in one photo with her sickening side-swept hair and curve-hugging gown, Candy looked very tame, like she on the way to parent-teacher conferences. She waved to supporters in a photo from Ben’s presidential run announcement rally, hair pulled back, rocking a fluted polka-dot skirt with a large red belt, glasses, and a blazer. Despite the latter image being old (it’s from May), people on social media still had a field day over it this past weekend, cracking jokes about Candy’s style and overall appearance. Despite her husband’s decision to be in the spotlight and make controversial comments that have garnered the accomplished doctor many detractors, it was Candy who was receiving all the criticism this time around. Not cool, guys. Not cool.
In a piece for The Root, Demetria Lucas D’Oyley defended Candy from her critics, stating that Ben chose to be in the spotlight, not her. Therefore, the attacks on her appearance are uncalled for. However, Lucas D’Oyley also criticized Candy’s fashion sense in the same breath. She even stated that Candy’s Seventh-Day Adventist faith isn’t a good excuse for her style missteps. According to the author, “religion and modesty are not synonymous with ill-fitting and unflattering and out-of-date” clothing.
Are there sexist and, in this case, racist underpinnings that make appearance matter more in certain circumstances? Absolutely. But until those “isms” are dismantled, women absolutely need to look as if they at least tried, especially when they’re up for a role they really want.
I won’t drag Candy Carson. I’m sure she is a lovely woman, and she has endured her husband’s politics for 40-plus years. But I will say that I can’t help noticing that as a presidential candidate, Ben Carson always shows up looking like the position he wants to have. I want the Mrs. to look the same.
And I can somewhat get where Lucas D’Oyley is coming from. Appearance matters in most realms of life. When you interview for a job, you can’t walk into an office looking like a Love and Hip Hop hopeful. And when you’re going to be in front of the camera every day, you don’t want to have a look that distracts people. But when these type of issues arise in the news (or via social media), I’m often left thinking to myself, My goodness…we focus on the wrong things.
We’re focused more on Candy’s looks than we are her husband’s politics. Just like we were way too focused on Gabby Douglas’s hair when she was flipping for gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. Just like people continue to focus too much on Serena Williams’s muscles, and when they’re not, they’re wondering when she’s going to move on to another hairstyle. And just like the time social media put Pam Oliver’s looks on front street. Leaving some to wonder if the controversy over her wigs was one of the reasons she was demoted from her position at Fox Sports and replaced with Erin Andrews. Despite the more important reasons why we were seeing these women on our TV screens, and their great accomplishments that we could have been celebrating, we were talking about surface beauty standards and what we “want,” as Lucas D’Oyley said, these ladies to look like.
I get it. We’ve all looked at someone’s ensemble or hair choice when they’re on the main stage and thought, yikes! But there’s a difference between thinking something and deciding to make a mockery of someone on social media. This is especially troubling considering that the same criticisms are never lobbed at the husbands of famous women. They’re not expected to look like more than any other guy in a simple suit. And yet, Candy, who is well into her 60s and hasn’t been in the spotlight very often, is expected to step out looking like a million bucks. What exactly was she supposed to put on in this stage of her life that would have pleased folks? Was it the ponytail that turned you off? The skirt? The glasses? Does her ensemble make you trust Ben any less?
Yeah. Get over yourself.
And, honestly, as amazing as Michelle Obama looks in this meme, that’s not how she appeared when President Obama announced his initial run for president. I’m from Chicago’s Southland, and I remember old-school Michelle. The days when President Obama was just running for Senate, and Michelle didn’t look nearly as polished as she does now. But with time, the right stylists, and some fabulous hair and makeup artists at her beck and call in the White House, Michelle has become a fashion icon. But like Candy, she didn’t start that way. It took a while for her to ditch the flip curl, sharp eyebrows, and bell-sleeve ensembles. But once she did, va-va voom!
Look, I’m not trying to say that people don’t need to look like they love themselves when they step out of the house, but I think we’re way too hard on way too many women, Black women especially, when it comes to how they choose to present themselves to the world, as the women they really are (not as if they’re stepping out on the red carpet). And considering that in the meme, Ben is holding Candy’s hand, looking happier than a kid in a candy store next to his wife of 40 years, does anything else really matter?